In the s, together with Charlie Parker, he was a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He was a virtuoso and an improviser, coming out of Swing, building on the style of Roy Eldridge but adding layers of harmonic complexity previously unknown in jazz. With this phrase Dizzy Gillespie often introduced himself at concerts around the world. Cheraw is where he is from — a small town of 3, inhabitants in rural South Carolina.
His father was a brick mason and a local bandleader. They lived in poverty, but instruments were made available to Dizzy as a child. He started to play the piano at age four. His father died when he was only ten. At twelve he taught himself to play the trombone as well as the trumpet.
In , at the age of sixteen, John Birks Gillespie graduated from Robert Smalls school in his home town. He won a scholarship to Laurinburg Institute, an African American preparatory school in North Carolina, because of his musical talent. Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. Sample this album. Title by Artist. Dizzier and Dizzier. Dizzier and Dizzier by Dizzy Gillespie.
Night in Tunisia. Night in Tunisia by Dizzy Gillespie. Anthropology Take 1. Anthropology Take 1 by Dizzy Gillespie. Ol' Man Rebop. Ol' Man Rebop by Dizzy Gillespie. Cubana Be. Cubana Bop. Swedish Suite. Two Bass Hit. Good Bait. Minor Walk.
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Britannica Quiz. B Major: A Look at Beethoven. With which of these composers did Ludwig van Beethoven not study? Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription. Gillespie in for allegedly throwing spitballs during a performance he hadn't , and the trumpeter moved on to bands led by Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Carter. He was already building a reputation as a composer, thanks to tunes such as "A Night in Tunisia.
But it wasn't until he joined the Earl Hines big band that Mr. Gillespie met his musical match, saxophonist Charlie Parker. As personalities, the two couldn't have been any more different. Gillespie was cheerful, professional and clean-living, while Mr. Parker was mercurial, irresponsible and a chronic abuser of drugs and alcohol.
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