January 17, 1996
Web posted at: 7:30 a.m. EST
From Correspondent Cassandra Henderson
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- The late, great, jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie was known for his generosity in sharing his knowledge and experiences with younger artists. This weekend, many of his students came together at the International Association of Jazz Educators to ensure that the cycle of learning continues.
For many of his students, Gillespie was a musician who never hesitated to share what he knew about his art. The 23rd annual gathering, held in Gillespie's memory, was a chance for young musicians to learn from some of those who have risen to greatness after benefiting from Gillespie's tutelage. "I think Dizzy's legacy is for those of us who came after him to do the same thing," says one of his protégés.
Robert Glasper of Houston's High School for Performing and Visual Arts says he is still trying to get used to the fact that he is under the same roof as jazz great Chick Correa. (153K AIFF sound or 153K WAV sound)
Downbeat magazine's jazz musician of the year, Joe Lovano, says for those who play jazz, the learning never ends. "Jazz is about your imagination and your personal life experience," says the saxophonist and composer. "Because it's a personal expression ... you can't really teach someone how to play -- you can teach someone how to teach themselves, though."
"... you can't really teach someone how to play -- you can teach someone how to teach themselves, though."
--Joe Lovano (102K AIFF sound or 102K WAV sound)
Jon Faddis of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band says the opportunity to hear different bands and their approaches to music plays an important role in the learning process. But music, he stresses, is finally about attitude.
"He (Gillespie) was 70 years old playing more modern than any 20-year-old on the scene and he had that ... attitude about always developing new ways to play," Faddis says.
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