“Oh man, they are so good it’s just ridiculous… ” – Aretha Franklin
The All Stars perform as an ensemble of 6-8, and the program material is based on the music of the 40s and 50s. This includes tunes such as “A Night In Tunisia”, “Anthropology”, “BeBop”, “Birks Works”, “Blue ‘N’ Boogie”, “Con Alma”, “Dizzy Atmosphere”, “Groovin’ High” “Hot House”, “Oop-Pop-Sh’-Bam”, “Ow”, “Salt Peanuts” and many others.
The line-up varies depending on availability, but usually includes some of the stellar body of musicians who used to work with Dizzy, plus some of the best and brightest young up-and-comers of the next generation of jazz. Previous line-ups have included John Lee, Cyrus Chestnut, Lewis Nash, Antonio Hart and Greg Gisbert.
The All Stars have a firm fan in Aretha Franklin; they performed at her 2014 and 2015 birthday parties and also opened for her recently at Radio City Music Hall and Montreal Jazz Festival.