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A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba


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For viewers (and listeners) who feel that the great Dizzy Gillespie didn't receive his due in Bird, this conventionally made but charismatic and enjoyable documentary by John Holland about the jazz trumpeter's concert in Cuba, occasioned by the fifth International Jazz Festival of Havana, goes a long way toward making up the difference. Gillespie's personality and music shine in this setting, and his contributions to Afro-Cuban music--including his association with Cuban drummer Chano Pozo and many of his best tunes in the 40s--are acknowledged in this congenial context. (Incidentally, Castro himself puts in a guest-star appearance.) (Music Box, Friday through Monday, July 14 through 17)

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