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Unheard Gillespie and Parker Concert to Be Released

Think you’ve heard every Dizzy and Bird (pictured) recording out there? Well, even if you know your haven’t heard it all, Uptown Records will be releasing a previously-unheard recording of the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet with Charlie Parker.

Titled Dizzy Gillespie – Charlie Parker Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945, the recording features Charlie Parker on alto saxophone, Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, Don Byas on tenor, Al Haig on piano, Max Roach on drums and Curley Russell on bass. The memorable concert includes the tunes “Bebop,””A Night in Tunisia,” “Groovin’ High,” “Salt Peanuts,” “Hot House” and “Fifty Second Street Theme.”

Included with the recording is a 30-page booklet complete with rare photographs, the story of the music’s discovery by Robert Sunnenblick and details written by Ira Gitler. The album is now available and more information is available at

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