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Dizzy Gillespie

John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, along with Charlie Parker, ushered in the era of Be-Bop in the American jazz tradition. He was born Cheraw, South Carolina, and was the youngest of nine children. He began playing piano at the age of four and received a music scholarship to the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina. Most noted for his trademark “swollen cheeks”, Gillespie admitted to copying the style of trumpeter Roy Eldridge early in his career. He replaced Eldridge in the 'Teddy Hill' Band after Eldridge's departure. He eventually began experimenting and creating his own style which would eventually come to the attention of Mario Bauza, the Godfather of Afro-Cuban jazz who was then a member of the Cap Calloway Orchestra, joining Calloway in 1939, Gillespie was fired after two years when he cut a portion of the Calloway's buttocks with a knife after Calloway accused him of throwing spitballs (the two men later became lifelong friends and often retold this story with great relish until both of their deaths).

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Albums

Legends Live
Legends Live
JazzHausMusik
2012
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New Wave! / Dizzy On...
Green Line SRL
2012
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Four Classic Albums
Four Classic Albums
Avid Records UK
2011
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Dizzy Gillespie...
Green Line SRL
2011
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The Best Of...
Green Line SRL
2011
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Four Classic Albums (...
Green Line SRL
2011
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