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Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: October 21, 1917 | Died: January 6, 1993

John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of the 20th century and one of the prime architects of the bebop movement in jazz. Nicknamed “Dizzy” because of his zany on-stage antics, Gillespie, a brass virtuoso, set new standards for trumpet players with his innovative, “jolting rhythmic shifts and ceaseless harmonic explorations” on the instrument during the 1940's, which ushered in a definitive change in American jazz music from swing to bebop.

Gillespie, the last of nine children, was born in Cheraw, South Carolina, in 1917 to James and Lottie Gillespie. His father was a bricklayer, pianist and band leader. James Gillespie kept all the instruments from his band in the family home, so the future trumpet great was surrounded by musical instruments from childhood, including his father's large upright piano - James tore down one of the walls of the house to get the piano inside. James demanded that all his children practice instruments. However, none of them except John cared much for music. James died when John Birks was ten, so he never heard his youngest son play trumpet; he did hear him practice piano, since John began playing the intrument at a very early age....
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Music

Featured recording “Legends Live”

Legends Live

JazzHausMusik
2012
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    New Wave! / Dizzy On The French Riviera

    Green Line SRL
    2012
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    The Best Of Perception & Today Records

    Green Line SRL
    2011
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    Four Classic Albums

    Avid Records UK
    2011
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    Dizzy Gillespie 1939-1947

    Green Line SRL
    2011
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    Four Classic Albums ( All-Star Groups & Big Band )

    Green Line SRL
    2011
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    Four Classic Albums

    Green Line SRL
    2009
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    Dizzy Gillespie And Friends Live At The Jazz Festival Bern

    Green Line SRL
    2009
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