Dizzy or the 'Joyous Soul of Jazz'
My beautiful 'sister of the soul' Abbey Lincoln. The birth of a strong friendship through the years. Exceptional, vulnerable lady.
TV Special including Italian "Quattro di Lucca" group. Always looking very sober, almost worried.
TV Special dedicated to my very favorite flutist Bud Shank.
During a TV Special dedicated to Dave Brubeck's Quartet. We had lunch on the Old Appian Way the next day and remained friends for years.
Feeding Italian gourmet goodies to my sweet buddy Kenny Clarke at "Lino a Solighetto," Marcello Mastroianni's favorite restaurant.
On the famous bell tower of San Marco in Venice, during a TV special I was producing. Archie Shepp was terrified of heights and would only go up if I were holding his hand, while I hid below the camera sight. He would then open his eyes on my command, look around and express his wonder at the beauty of Venice, for the TV show. It lasted a brief moment, with my hand totally crushed!
Humourous, sweet, and a good friend. He came to Bassano for Dizzy's 70th birthday 'concert' party.
With trumpetist Enrico Rava (then practically unknown) and saxofonist Steve Lacy. They were steady midnight jammers at my Jazz Club off the Via Veneto.
With pianist Mal Waldron who toured with me for a few years. Having been Billie Holiday's pianist, we spoke a lot about her. He had a subtle, sharp sense of humour and we teased each other a lot. He would play pranks on me when performing at some important Festival, like playing a long complicated intro then, as I would open my mouth to sing, he would start the long complicated intro all over again and I would hear his "heh, heh, heh!"
The town celebrated Dizzy's 70th birthday and authorized me to produce "Dizzy's Day,” a concert-party with close to 100 international Jazz musicians including Max Roach, Johnny Griffin, Milt Jackson, Randy Brecker, etc. It took place at the Bassano Velodrome with over 5000 fans. From 5 pm to 2:30 am. And a huge 7-tiered pistachio birthday cake where Dizzy had to climb a ladder to blow out the candles before a roaring public.