5 January – Dizzy Reece

Alphonso Son ‘Dizzy’ Reece (born 5 January 1931) is a Jamaican-born hard bop jazz trumpeter.

Reece started playing baritone saxophone but switched to trumpet when he was 14. He moved to London in 1948 and spent the 1950s working in Europe, much of that time in Paris.

He moved to New York in 1959 after being recommended by Miles Davis and recorded a series of critically acclaimed records on the Blue Note label. He also wrote the music for the 1958 Ealing Studios film ‘Nowhere to Go’.

Reece is still active as a musician and writer and has recorded over the years with the Paris Reunion Band, Clifford Jordan’s Big Band, Victor Feldman, Tubby Hayes, Dexter Gordon and Philly Joe Jones, to name a few.

This recording of ‘Yesterdays’ is from the 1960 album ‘Soundin’ Off’.

Information from all.about.jazz and Wikipedia


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