[JPL] jazz and boxing

Derrick Lucas derrick at jazz901.org
Wed Sep 24 08:46:59 EDT 2008

For years I couldn't understand why the attendance was so sparse  for the
"Concert of The Century" until recently I read that the "Fight of the
Century" was fought IN Toronto that same night in addition to being

But then again in our town years ago, Stevie Wonder played to a nearly empty
arena back in 1981 on his "Hotter Than July" tour because it was the same
day and kickoff time as the Super Bowl...

On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 7:33 AM, Tom Reney <tr at wfcr.org> wrote:

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> 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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