I went to Carmel this week for a master class by George Young. The week started off with a concert on Monday night. George played classical music for the first set and then jazz for the second.
Talking about his piece “For Diz” written for Dizzy Gillespie and somewhat based on ‘A Night in Tunisia’ he said that Dizzy Gillespie was in the audience one night when he played it and then came up to him after the show. Dizzy gave George a hug and a kiss on the cheek and called him a “greasy *&$# $*&@.” He didn’t understand this for a long time, but then was told many years later that it really was a great compliment.
Throughout the week I learned tons of things about the saxophone and playing music. Heard some more great stories too.