Wednesday, 22 October 2014

97th birthday of Dizzy Gillespie

(Born 21 October 1917, Cheraw, South Carolina, US)
The world this week celebrates the 97th birthday of virtuoso trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie who, with alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, plays a vanguard role in the bebop revolution in jazz, Africa American classical music, in the 1940s/early 1950s, and whose creative genius has influenced a stretch of trumpet luminaries subsequently: Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown,  Booker Little, Donald Bryd, Kenny Dorham, Lee Morgan,  Art Farmer, Clarence Shaw, Richard Williams, Nat Adderley, Ted Curson, Johnny Coles, Woody Shaw, Lester Bowie, Don Cherry, Alan Shorter, Donald Ayler Dizzy Reece, Freddie Hubbard, Jon Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard

(Charlie Parker Quintet, “Hot House” [personnel: Parker, alto saxophone; Gillespie, trumpet; Dick Hyman, piano; Sandy Block, bass; Charlie Smith, drums; recorded: Dumont Television Studios, New York, US, 24 February 1952])
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