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Dizzy Gillespie



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

AllMusic's Scott Yanow wrote, "Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time (some would say the best), Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries ended up copying Miles Davis and Fats Navarro instead, and it was not until Jon Faddis's emergence in the 1970s that Dizzy's style was successfully recreated [...] Arguably Gillespie is remembered, by both critics and fans alike, as one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time."

Gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and improviser, building on the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge[3] but adding layers of harmonic complexity previously unheard 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, 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, Jon Faddis, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Morgan, Chuck Mangione, and balladeer Johnny Hartman.

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On Oct 22, 2010. 9:44am
Christopher Lynch said

Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou to all the ABC Jazz team for these superb Dizzy Gillespie videos. You've made my morning; brought a tear to the eye!
Words don't come easily when attempting to describe the exquisite beauty of Diz playing 'Tin Tin Deo'.
I adore jazz and good ol' Aunty ABC. ( If any ill-informed right-wing politicians ever rubbish the ABC I'll just about declare war on them.)
With respect and gratitude,
Christopher Lynch.

On Oct 24, 2010. 3:33pm
ABC Jazz said

Hi Christopher, glad you enjoy the website. We have plenty of Dizzy in the playlist too and we agree - he was a beautiful player!

On Jul 13, 2017. 1:23pm
Christopher Lynch said

Further to my comments of 2010, there are two other stunning Diz albums that should be snapped up if seen about:
1.Dizzy Gillespie "At Newport".
2.Gil Fuller & The Monterey Jazz Festival Orchestra featuring Dizzy Gillespie & James Moody.
This contains some earthy chillers including 'The Man From Monterey', 'Be's That Way', Big Sur' and the darkly haunting 'Angel City' - a must-listen track which still gives me goosebumps around fifty years after first hearing it.
Christopher Lynch.

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