John Birks Gillespie

AKA Dizzy Gillespie

His Life

- Born October 21st, 1917 in South Carolina

- Died January 6th, 1993 in New Jersey

- Played trumpet (obviously) and trombone. Also was self-taught

Jazz Classics: Dizzy Gillespie - A Night In Tunisia

His Jazz Life

- Is known as one of the "cofounders" of the Bebop movement with Charlie Parker.

- Charlie often got annoyed with Dizzy on-stage because Dizzy wouldn't limit himself as much. He'd do whatever he wanted to do, to an extent.

- The irritation in Charlie Parker ended up a positive because their competitive solos became more interesting through the slight tension.

- Played in several bands and late-night sessions in a New York nightclub

Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie - Hot House - 1951

Bebop

- Fast-paced, lots of chord changes

- Lots of complicated rhythms

- Defined by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie (as mentioned earlier), Thelonious Monk (pianist), and Max Roach (drummer)

- Has a "playful" sound to it

Works Cited:

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "Dizzy Gillespie." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 24 May 2016.


Verity, Michael. "What Is Bebop?" About.com Entertainment. 2016 About.com, n.d. Web. 24 May 2016.