By TOM D'ANTONI // Celebrating 100 years of Dizzy Gillespie at the festival
Today at World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th and Glisan in Portland we’ve got probably the best known Jazz musician in Oregon. Mel Brown is here for a Coffeeshop Conversation.
Mel is here to talk about a special performance which includes John Faddis at the upcoming Portland Jazz Festival commemorating the 100th year of Dizzy Gillespie on Wednesday, February 22. We’ll find out all about it.
And how is he doing now that Jimmy Mak’s his three-gig-a-week home is closed and Jimmy is gone. What about the plans for a new club? And what’s he doing in the meantime?
He’s got a great Dizzy Gillespie story. Every Dizzy Gillespie story is a great one.
Many thanks to musician, luthier and audio production wiz Mike Doolin for fixing the audio.
Mel Brown is the dean of Oregon Jazz. Let’s talk to him: