Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie

American jazz trumpeter
Trumpet virtuoso and bop revolutionary whose desire to innovate helped invent and define the musical vocabulary for an entire genre.
BornOctober 21, 1917
HometownCheraw, South Carolina, United States
SpouseLorraine Willis
ChildrenJeanie Bryson
ParentsLottie Gillespie, James Gillespie


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The Amazing Musical Journey of Kahil El’Zabar

  • Kahil El’Zabar, born Clifton Blackburn in Chicago in 1953, has performed alongside Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Paul Simon, and Cannonball Adderley, among many others. He’s a founding board member of the National Campaign for Freedom of Expression and was knighted by the French, receiving the Chevalier Medal of Letters in 2014. And yet, […]


Today in History for January 6th

Highlights of Today in History: Joan of Arc is born; Samuel Morse demonstrates the telegraph to the public; Commercial airplane completes first round-the-world flight; Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked; Dizzy Gillespie and Rudolf Nureyev die. (Jan. 6)
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