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Dizzy Gillespie


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Cheraw, South Carolina, USA (1921 – 1992)

John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie (October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer.

Dizzy Gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and improviser, building on the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge but adding layers of harmonic complexity previously unknown in jazz. His beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, his scat singing, his bent horn, pouched cheeks and his light-hearted personality were essential in popularizing bebop.

In the 1940s Gillespie, together with Charlie Parker, became a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He taught and influenced many other musicians, including trumpeters Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and Arturo Sandoval a.o…

Gillespie was born in Cheraw, South Carolina, USA the youngest of nine children of James and Lottie Gillespie. James was a local bandleader, so instruments were made available to Dizzy. He started to play the piano at the age of four (1921). Gillespie’s father died when the boy was only ten years old. Gillespie taught himself how to play the trombone as well as the trumpet by the age of twelve. From the night he heard his idol, Roy Eldridge, play on the radio, he dreamed of becoming a jazz musician. He received a music scholarship to the Laurinburg Institute in Laurinburg, North Carolina, which he attended for two years before accompanying his family when they moved to Philadelphia.


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  • primozb


    4 Apr 7:42pm Reply
  • RicRib

    if you like dizzie, try "sonny side up" from 1957 with sonny rollins and sonny stitt

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Kavary

    Приятный на слух.

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Swingmario

    RicRib!! Dizzy for Pres!!!

    16 Jul 2014 Reply
  • RicRib

    found this today on wikipedia, didn't know about it: "During the 1964 United States presidential campaign the artist, with tongue in cheek, put himself forward as an independent write-in candidate.[20][21] He promised that if he were elected, the White House would be renamed "The Blues House," and a cabinet composed of Duke Ellington (Secretary of State), Miles Davis (Director of the CIA), Max Roach (Secretary of Defense), Charles Mingus (Secretary of Peace), Ray Charles (Librarian of Congress), Louis Armstrong (Secretary of Agriculture), Mary Lou Williams (Ambassador to the Vatican), Thelonious Monk(Travelling Ambassador) and Malcolm X (Attorney General).[22][23] He said his running mate would be Phyllis Diller. Campaign buttons had been manufactured years ago by Gillespie's booking agency "for publicity, as a gag",[24] but now proceeds from them went to benefit the Congress of Racial Equality, Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Martin Luther King, Jr.;[25]

    22 May 2014 Reply
  • PeaceloveK


    15 Apr 2014 Reply
  • PeaceloveK

    HaHaHaYoureDead какое нелепое замечание.

    14 Apr 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    взглянув на его фотографии, рождается смутное ощущение, что у джазменов есть какой-то конкурс по созданию самого пафосного и нелепого фото во время импровизации

    19 Mar 2014 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    Much more interesting for me than Miles or Coltrane........

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Reuve


    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • realcyndre

    For Musicians Only (with Stan Getz & Sonny Stitt) <3

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • vehelits

    Gillespie is beast! Gets his trumpet bent and STILL makes awesome songs that defy logic!!

    20 Sep 2012 Reply
  • MrJazzyMan

    Salt Peanuts is awesome. I love this one.

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • NumarulTrei


    23 Jun 2012 Reply
  • mrFlom47

    от души братуха

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Cat_007

    Vote -

    13 May 2012 Reply
  • Nicolasfvb

    Live In Berlin!!!!

    6 May 2012 Reply
  • Robert161989


    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • TutuleBale

    @fireflies_ Yep, the true Buffo, King of the Toads

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • fireflies_

    this is the real toadman

    27 Nov 2011 Reply
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