The Dizzy Gillespie Centennial, featuring Adia Dobbins

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 7pm | The Redmoor

Dizzy Gillespie was a visionary architect of bebop, a peerless trumpet virtuoso, and a gifted educator, dancer and raconteur. The CCJO will dig deep into the musical world of this jazz icon. As much a revolution as it was a movement, bebop marked a decisive line between old and new, ushering in the modern era of jazz. Adia Dobbins will also grace the stage with several vocal favorites.

Concert Sponsors: Matt and Holly Kraick

Opening Act: Joining us to open the show will be the Cincinnati Youth Jazz Collaborative.

About Dizzy Gillespie

John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie (October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and singer.

Gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and improviser, building on the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge but adding layers of harmonic complexity previously unheard in jazz. His beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, his scat singing, his bent horn, pouched cheeks and his light-hearted personality were essential in popularizing bebop.

In the 1940s Gillespie, with Charlie Parker, became a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He taught and influenced many other musicians, including trumpeters Miles Davis, Jon Faddis, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Morgan, Chuck Mangione, balladeer Johnny Hartma, and one of Gillespie’s final pupils before his death, Robert Stewart (saxophonist).

About Adia Dobbins

Adia G. Dobbins is a native of Johnstown, PA and a proud 1995 graduate of Richland Senior High School. Following her days in Pennsylvania, Dobbins attended CCM where she matriculated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Jazz Voice and General Music. She then remained in Cincinnati, Ohio, to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis on Non-Profit Arts Management.

While pursuing both of her degrees, Dobbins worked professionally in the Cincinnati area performing a variety of musical styles in a diversity of venues. She performed Jazz in the historic clubs of Cincinnati, Gospel music in a Community Choir, and as Cantor in an African-American Catholic church. When not performing, Dobbins worked professionally as a marketing, public relations and relationship management specialist in a variety of industries. Her resume includes positions in non-profit arts management, banking, diversity management consulting, human resources and corporate law.

While pursuing her career in management, Dobbins auditioned for and was awarded the role of “Nala” in the West Coast tour of Disney’s The Lion King. Dobbins successfully performed with the company for 2 1⁄2 years. Upon completion of that tour, she had the opportunity to perform in various Regional and Off-Broadway musical productions both in and around New York City. Most recently, Dobbins resided in Detroit, MI where she began private vocal instruction studio and was featured at such legendary venues as the historic Whitney, Cliff Bell’s, The Rooster Tail and Baker’s Keyboard Lounge which is the oldest operating Jazz club in the United States. Upon her recent return to Cincinnati, Dobbins has performed at various local jazz venues, and has begun recording her first album of original music.