John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie
Today will end our month of the history of jazz with a featured link about John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie. He enriched musical history with his vibrant tones and improvisation. I hope you enjoy learning more about his contributions to music as I did.
Dizzy Gillespie was one of the principal developers of bop in the early 1940s, and his styles of improvising and trumpet playing were imitated widely in the 1940s and 1950s. Indeed, he is one of the most influential players in the history of jazz.
Gillespie was the youngest of nine children. His father, a bricklayer and weekend bandleader, died when he was ten. Two years later, he began to teach himself to play trombone and trumpet and later took up cornet. His musical ability enabled him to attend Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina in 1932 because the school needed a trumpet player for its band. During his years there, he practiced the trumpet and piano intensively, still largely without formal guidance. Click here to read the rest of this fascinating article.</i>