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


- 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?" Entertainment. 2016, n.d. Web. 24 May 2016.