Manteca in Denmark 1970

Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Clarke, Ronnie Scott

“The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band”

Ah Europe…the source of so many of our very best jazz films.

This has to be one of the best of the best:

Dizzy with the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band filmed in Denmark.

Jazz first hit Denmark in 1923.

During the Nazi occupation jazz was viewed as a symbol of resistance and a home grown jazz scene actually flourished much to the impotent consternation of the Nazis.

Personnel (short list):

Dizzy Gillespie – trumpet, conductor
Kenny Clarke – drums, leader
Francy Boland – piano, leader
Kenny Clare – drums (not a typo)
Sahib Shihab – baritone sax
Derek Humble – alto sax
Billy Mitchell – tenor sax
Ronnie Scott – tenor sax
Ake Persson – lead trombone
Nat Pack – trombone
Erik Van Lier – bass trombone
Ben Bailey – trumpet
Indrees Sulieman – trumpet
Art Farmer – trumpet
Jimmy Woode – bass

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