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Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie

1917 - 1993

Origin: United States

Main instrument: Trumpet

Genre: Jazz

With his trademark ballooned cheeks and upturned trumpet's bell, Dizzy Gillespie was a true original. He is one of - if not the - best jazz trumpeters of all time, whose impact on the genre is immeasurable. Also a charismatic band leader, gifted composer and arranger, and enthusiastic scat singer, Gillespie ushered in the bebop era of the 1940s that sounded the beginning of modern jazz. The influential artist continued to promote the movement well into his 70s as a mentor for emerging musicians.



  • Dizzy Gillespie (1981) - Médiathèque Jazz

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