"It may be difficult to comprehend just how radical Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet playing must have sounded when he came to wider public notice in 1945 only because the unconventional notions that he brought to jazz horn playing — and to jazz itself — have become so ingrained in the music to this day.
Dizzy — born John Birks Gillespie on October 21, 1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina — played faster, higher, and with more aggressive energy, melodic daring and rhythmic invention than any trumpeter yet heard; his only instrumental peer being Charlie Parker, the brilliant saxophonist with whom Gillespie formalized the revolutionary jazz style, Bebop.
During bebop’s formative period in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Gillespie became an apostle for the innovative music, his superb playing, composing and band leading capabilities providing a model for a new generation of jazz musicians. Expanding his horizons to incorporate musical idioms from Cuba, the Caribbean and South America, Gillespie could..........
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