[JPL] jazz and boxing

Tom Reney tr at wfcr.org
Wed Sep 24 07:33:07 EDT 2008


What always comes to mind for me in this context is the Massey Hall concert in Toronto by "The Quintet:" Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach.  It was scheduled for the same date, May 15, 1953, that Rocky Marciano successfully defended his heavyweight title against Jersey Joe Walcott.  The low turnout at Massey Hall for this VSOP event has long been attributed to the popularity of the fight, which was televised, and even Dizzy was preoccupied with it, saying that he ran back and forth between the stage and a bar next door to watch it.


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