The ‘Symphony Sessions’ were performed in many US and Canadian cities between 1984 and Dizzy’s demise in 1993 and since then, twice with the Denver Symphony Orchestra and in June 2008 with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of revered conductor Keith Lockhart. The shows in Boston were close to sell out and the audience reaction was incredible.
Most recently, Ina Dittke & Associates and John Lee have been working on reviving these fabulous charts like Tin Tin Deo, Manteca, Night in Tunisia, Brother K and other as it gives all audiences, Classical and Jazz alike, of all ages, a special view of the greatness of Dizzy Gillespie’s music.
The Symphony Sessions are performed with local orchestras in varying sizes, from 50 piece to (ideally) 81 piece, alongside the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni.
Listen: ‘A Night In Tunisia’