Last Call at the Downbeat!

Apr 05 - Apr 13, 2013

Last Call at the Downbeat,” written by Jazz Bridge co-founder Suzanne Cloud, is a fascinating look back at trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, one of the founders of modern jazz, and what history proved to be a ground-breaking engagement at a legendary Philadelphia nightspot, the Downbeat, long a landmark at 11th and Ludlow Street. Auditions are still ongoing to find the right “Dizzy” for “Last Call,” depicted in this show as a trumpeter ready to invent something called be-bop just after being fired from the big band of Lucky Millinder after a gig at the Earle Theatre, just a block away from the Downbeat.

Gillespie will have plenty of tales to tell about bop and Philadelphia jazz “back in the day,” and part of this eclectic presentation will be a filmed interview with the only surviving member of this club date, 92-year-old drummer Charlie Rice.

“Last Call at the Downbeat” is a trip back in time to one of the most important periods in the evolution of modern music. And it happened just around the corner!

Society Hill Playhouse

Philadelphia PA 19101
USA

http://www.jazzbridge.org/upcoming-events

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