Synopsis by Steve Blackburn
Jazz great John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie trumpets with his quintet in this four-song set, which is a black-and-white episode of Jazz Casual, music critic Ralph J. Gleason's renowned series for National Educational Television. Aired January 17, 1961, this program features Gillespie's work during his middle period. The mix of tunes includes Benny Golson's Blues After Dark (7:08), Gillespie's Lorraine (3:42), Norm's Norm (4:26), and Tocatta From Gillespiana (4:58). Highlights are solos by Gillespie, saxophonist-flutist Leo Wright, and pianist Lalo Schifrin, who later composed the distinctive theme to the television series Mission: Impossible. Chuck Lampkin plays drums, and Bob Cunningham handles the bass.