John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (October 21 1917 – January 6 1993) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and composer. He was born in Cheraw, South Carolina. Together with Charlie Parker, he was a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz.
In addition to featuring in these epochal moments in jazz, he was instrumental in founding Afro-Cuban jazz, the modern jazz version of the "Spanish Tinge". Gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and gifted improviser, building on the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge but adding layers of harmonic complexity previously unknown in jazz. In addition to his instrumental skills, Dizzy's beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, his scat singing, his bent horn, pouched cheeks and his light-hearted personality were essential in popularizing bebop, which was originally regarded as threatening and frightening music by many listeners raised on older styles of jazz. He had an enormous impact on virtually every subsequent trumpeter, both by the...
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Track listing: 'Round About MidnightAll the Things You AreAnthropology52nd Street ThemeOop-Bop-Sha-BamGood BaitHot HouseOl' Man RebopI Can't Get StartedNight in TunesiaHallelujahOne Bass Hit, Part 1Salt PeanutsBlue 'n' BoogieDizzy BoogieShaw 'NuffDizzy Atmosphere
Track listing: My Heart Belongs to DaddyMy ManMoonglowSt. Louis BluesWoody 'n' YouWrap Your Troubles in Dreams (and Dream Your Troubles Away)There Is No Greater LoveI Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)
Track listing: Shaw NuffHot HouseMean to MeLoverman (Oh Where Can You Be)East of the SunOne Bass Hit No. 1That's Earl BrotherOop Bop Sh'bamA Hand Fulla GimmeMy Melancholy BabyCherokeeOn the AlamoAll the Things You AreDizzy AtmosphereBlue 'n Boogie
Track listing: Birks' WorksBloomdidoSometimes I'm HappyWee (a.k.a. Allen's Alley)I Remember CliffordCon AlmaOol Ya KooThe Umbrella ManFiesta MojoChega De Saudade (No More Blues)Come SundayBe-Bop
Track listing: MantecaNovember AfternoonA Night in TunisiaTrumpet BluesCon AlmaI Can't Get Started / 'Round MidnightBirk's WorksDesafinadoLeap FrogSwing Low, Sweet CadillacAfricanaTour de Force
Track listing: Blue 'N' BoogieGroovin' HighDizzy AtmosphereAll the Things You AreShaw 'NuffLover ManSalt PeanutsHot HouseOop Bop Sh'BamThat's Earl's BrotherOne Bass Hit, No. 1One Bass Hit, No. 2Good Dues BluesOur DelightHe Beeped When He Should Have BoppedHe Beeped When He Should Have BoppedThings to ComeRay's IdeaEmanonI Waited for You
Dizzy Gillespie died
Dizzy Gillespie was born in Cheraw, South Carolina, Chesterfield County