Dizzy Gillespie
10.21.17-1.7.93
trumpet, congas, piano, bandleader: bop


The trumpet pioneer of bop, Dizzy was one of a small group of people who defined an entire generation of music. That style featured his furious playing, alternating simple and incredibly complex phrases.

He began studying the playing of Roy Eldridge. In 1937 he moved to New York and became a session player. In 1940 he met Charlie Parker in Kansas City. They developed bebop playing in after-hours jam sessions with Kenny Clarke, Thelonious Monk and Max Roach.

His first bebop recording was in 1944 with Coleman Hawkins. A year later he recorded with Parker. Some of his famous compositions include 'Salt Peanuts', 'Hot House', 'Woody 'N You' and 'Shaw Nuff'.


choice cuts:
Shaw 'Nuff, 1946, Musicraft
Dizziest, 1946-9, Bluebird
Dee Gee Days, 1951, Savoy