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Dizzy Gillespie Conducts SU Jazz Band (1985)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985-04-21

Duration: 00:09:47

Subjects: Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993 | Southern University and A & M College | JAZZ | Music | BATISTE, ALVIN


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Batiste, Alvin Interviewee
  • Gillespie, Dizzy Interviewee


This segment from the April 21, 1985, episode of the series “Folks” features Rob Hinton’s visit to a special rehearsal of the Southern University Jazz Band conducted by jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie prior to a performance of Gillsepie’s music. Hinton interviews Alvin Batiste, the director of the Southern University Jazz Institute, who discusses the unique opportunity of having a composer interpret his own work and the impact of Gillespie on jazz. Hinton also interviews Dizzy Gillespie, who discusses his interest in young musicians and his view of contemporary jazz.