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Gillespie, Dizzy

(John Birks Gillespie) (gəlĕs`pē), 1917–93, American jazz musician and composer, b. Cheraw, S.C. He began to play the trumpet at 15 and later studied harmony and theory at Laurinburg Institute, N.C. He played with the bands of Cab Calloway and Billy Eckstine. Gillespie and Charlie "Bird" ParkerParker, Charlie "Bird"
(Charles Christopher Parker, Jr.), 1920–55, American musician and composer, b. Kansas City, Kans. He began playing alto saxophone in 1933 and, shifting from one band to another, eventually met Dizzy Gillespie in New York City.
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 are considered the leaders of the bop (or bebop) movement in modern jazzjazz,
the most significant form of musical expression of African-American culture and arguably the most outstanding contribution the United States has made to the art of music. Origins of Jazz

Jazz developed in the latter part of the 19th cent.
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. Gillespie's playing was characterized by intelligent musicianship and technical facility.


See his autobiography, To Be or Not to Bop (1979); biographies by M. James (1961), B. McRae (1988), and A. Shipton (1999).

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My youth was spent listening to Dizzie Gillespie and Frank Sinatra and this CD is a big thank you to my parents for introducing me to music," she says, explaining that apart from some of the great classics like Funny Valentine and Unforgettable she has also included some slightly more obscure jazz songs like Lean Baby and Told You I Love You, although there are no cover versions of the sixteen showstoppers that pepper "Seven Brides".
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Equally at home with progressive rock, gipsy-style music, straight-ahead jazz as played by former musical partners Berney Kessel, Gordon Beck and Dizzie Gillespie, as well as a long association with classical violinist Nigel Kennedy, he will be the honoured guest of the Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO) on Sunday.
Long before musica Cubano became trendy, particularly through the offices of the Buena Vista Social Club, Bunnett had been following in the tradition of Dizzie Gillespie, who first explored and popularized the fusion of mambo, rumba and salsa with be-bop long before Castro.
A duet by Charlie Parker and Dizzie Gillespie, Lester Young in the thirties, a Basie band in the sixties, another Basie band in the twenties.
My choice was Ben Webster, but equally tempting were Coleman Hawkins, Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Dizzie Gillespie and many others, costing a remarkable pounds 15.
His extended composition The Trumpet Kings, commissioned by Birmingham Jazz, looks at all the great individualists of the music, from Louis Armstrong and Dizzie Gillespie to stylists such as South African Hugh Masakela.
His contribution to jazz has been enormous and he has been in the bands of Lester Young, Cannonball Adderley and Dizzie Gillespie.