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

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