When Bob Henschen played a one-night stand with Dizzy Gillespie in 1991, he didn't have to worry about the crazy piano charts the legendary trumpeter was known for. By that point in his career, Gillespie was mostly playing standards and talking a lot on stage, letting his affable personality carry the show. Gillespie, after all, was a funny guy. But this gig was not without its challenges. "He would go into 'My Funny Valentine,' and I wouldn't know the beginning or the ending, so there were some rough edges," the 52-year-old Henschen says, recalling the experience fondly, "but he was above... More >>>
Henschen rarely plays the club for which he books acts.