Letter: Hebrew farewell to Dizzy Gillespie

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Sir: Although I do not particularly like jazz, I was sad to read about the death of Dizzy Gillespie (Obituary, 7 January). When I was a kibbutz volunteer in Israel in 1975, I was fortunate to be present at his concert at the Cesarea Roman amphitheatre.

I shall never forget the music, the magical setting and the atmosphere. But what I remember most was his unique pronunciation of a Hebrew greeting. I am sure I am not alone in wishing Dizzy shalom.

Yours faithfully,


London, N8

7 January