Dizzy Gillespie 1917-1993

life: “ John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie would have celebrated his birthday on October Today we present rare and classic LIFE photos of jazz great Dizzy Gillespie capture the spirit of American bebop in the late ”

Dizzy Gillespie ~ though early on, too often the target of a racist comment, Dizzy was known to remain cool and calm, totally disregarding their ignorance. This picture was taken around the time an oft told incident occurred: Diz was overheard finally responding to racist remarks by saying,"You cur you!..." the guy began walking away with a confused look mumbling under his breath, "...huh??... what does that mean?"

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer. Allmusic's Scott Yanow wrote, "Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz were huge.

Dizzy Gillespie b. October 21, 1917 - American jazz trumpeter, composer & bandleader

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and, occasionally, singer.

Dizzie Gillespie - Jazz Greats, Swierzy Waldemar, Polish Poster

Waldemar Swierzy Lithograph Dizzy Gillespie Jazz Greats Signed Numbered Ltd Ed

Herman Leonard | Dizzy Gillespie & Sonny Stitt, NYC, New York, 1953

Dizzy Gillespie & Sonny Stitt, NYC, New York, 1953 Credit: Herman Leonard

Dizzy Gillespie: In the 1950s, together with Charlie Parker became a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He taught and influenced many other musicians including some musicians/trumpeters as: Miles Davis, Jon Faddis, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Arturo Ssndoval, Lee Morgan, Chuck Mangione and balladeer Johnny Hartman.

Dizzy Gillespie (shown) & Charlie Parker became major figures in the development of bebop & modern jazz during the

Dizzy Gillespie by Herb Ritts

From Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Herb Ritts, Dizzy Gillespie, Paris Gelatin silver print

Dizzie Gillespie

Preface Jazz music is kind of like classical music, in the sense it is not only an acquired taste, but can also be challenging to und.

Photographer Herb Ritts

Herb Ritts

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer. Allmusic's Scott Yanow wrote, "Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz were huge

Statue of Dizzy Gillespie in his hometown Cheraw, South Carolina

Dizzy Gillespie: Born John Birks Gillespie, on October 1917 - January

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