Zappa will be joined on stage by Berroa, along with Mike Darrah (piano,) Aaron Jacobs (bass) and Brent Gallaher (tenor saxophone) to perform modern renditions of Dizzy’s songs, using a lot of Berroa’s Afro-Cuban musical influences to bring a Latin-rhythmic element into the arrangements and treatment of the songs.
“Dizzy began in the 1940s. He was a musical pioneer, who was essential in an evolutionary stage of jazz, where it graduated from co-existing as popular dance music into being an art music with a deeper meaning. The basis of that music that he was one of the founders of is still something that we build on in today’s jazz music,” Zappa said. “Doing that in the 100th anniversary of his birthday with one of the people that was actually one of his friends, bandmates and someone he personally mentored is a really special opportunity,” Zappa said.
WANT TO GO?
What: The John Zappa Quintet with special guest Ignacio Berroa, Dizzy Gillespie's last drummer
When: Saturday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Carruthers Signature Ballroom, The Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton.
Cost: Fitton Center member $25; non-member $30.
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