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Dizzy Gillespie

Biography

Considered one of the biggest jazz trumpeters ever sold. He was instrumental in the progression of bebop and contemporary jazz. His initial professional gig is at 1935 using the Frank Fairfax Orchestra, accompanied by stints using the orchestras of Edgar Hayes, Teddy Hill, and Cab Calloway, the last mentioned of whom terminated him. He led circumstances Section envoy to the center East in 1956, the achievement which prompted many to contact him the Ambassador of Jazz. His dad Adam was a bandleader in the Cheraw, SC, area. He wedded Lorraine Willis on, may 9, 1940, plus they would stay jointly until his loss of life. He previously a daughter called Jeanie Bryson. His design was therefore harmonically complex that lots of of his contemporaries didn’t recreate his technique effectively, with Jon Faddis getting the first ever to professional the Gillespie strategy.

Quick Facts


Full Name Dizzy Gillespie
Date Of Birth October 21, 1917
Died January 6, 1993, Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Place Of Birth Cheraw, SC
Profession Composer
Education Laurinburg Institute
Nationality American
Spouse Lorraine Willis
Children Jeanie Bryson
Parents Lottie Gillespie, James Gillespie, A Night In Tunisia, Salt Peanuts, Tin Tin Deo
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo, Porin Award for Best Foreign Jazz Music Album, A Night In Tunisia, Salt Peanuts, Tin Tin Deo
Movies A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba, The Cosmic Eye, A Great Day in Harlem, The Hole, The Last of the Blue Devils, The Cool World, Voyage to Next, Dizzy Gillespie: Live in Montreal, Louis Armstrong: Good Evening Ev'rybody, Norman Granz: Improvisation, Jazz Icons: Dizzy Gillespie: Live in '58 & '70, Date with Dizzy, Dizzy Gillespie: A Night in Chicago, Jeanie Bryson: Live at Warsaw Jazz Festival, The Hat, My Universe Inside Out, Masters of American Music: Count Basie: Swingin' the Blues, Dizzy Gillespie: Summer Jazz: Live at New Jersey 1987
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#Fact
1He was inducted into the 2014 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Arts and Entertainment Category.
2He was nominated for a 2013 New Jersey Hall of Fame for Arts and Entertainment.
3He was nominated for the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his contributions to Arts and Entertainment.
4Had played the trumpet solo on "Do I Do" from Stevie Wonder's compilation album "Musiquarium" (1982).
5When playing, Dizzie Gillespie's cheeks would expand to extraordinary size, ballooning out far more than the average horn players do. This feature is so pronounced that there is now a medical condition named after this anomaly. Because he was the first, for all practical purposes, to have demonstrated this condition, and because since its recognition by the medical community there have been others who now exhibit similar symptoms, this condition has been officially named "Gillespie's Pouches".
6He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 20, 1995.
7He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1989 by the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C.
8He joined the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1957.
9Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1982.
10He was awarded the Polar Music Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award, in 1993.
11Jazz trumpeter, the driving force behind bebop with Charlie Parker.
12Following his death, he was interred at Flushing Cemetery in Flushing, Queens, New York.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Our Brand Is Crisis2015writer: "Soul Sauce GUarachi Guaro"
Sasha I Love You2014Short writer: "A night in Tunisia"
Small Time2014writer: "Soul Sauce"
Half of a Yellow Sun2013writer: "A Night in Tunisia" - as Gillespie
On the Road2012performer: "Salt Peanuts" / writer: "Salt Peanuts"
W.E.2011performer: "Manteca" / writer: "Manteca"
L.A. Noire2011Video Game as John Gillespie, "Manteca" / performer: "Manteca", "Oop Pop A Da"
Chico & Rita2010performer: "Manteca" - as Dizzie Gillespie & His Orchestra / writer: "Manteca"
So You Think You Can DanceTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Howl2010performer: "Lady Be Good"
More Than a Game2008Documentary performer: "Manteca [The Funky Lowlives Remix]" / writer: "Manteca [The Funky Lowlives Remix]"
Two Lovers2008writer: "Kush" 1961
Grand Theft Auto IV2008Video Game performer: "Whisper Not Big Band"
So You Think You Can Dance Australia2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Paris2008/Iperformer: "Be bop" / writer: "Be bop"
The West Wing2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
Independent LensTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
Peter Cincotti: Live in New York2005Video documentary writer: "A Night In Tunisia"
Ray2004/Iwriter: "Emanon" - as John 'Dizzy' Gillespie
American Splendor2003performer: "Stardust" 1929, "Lady Be Good" 1924
Boycott2001TV Movie performer: "Swing Low Sweet Cadillac" / writer: "Swing Low Sweet Cadillac"
Burnt Money2000performer: "Vida mía"
The Talented Mr. Ripley1999performer: "THE CHAMP" / writer: "THE CHAMP"
The Woman Chaser1999performer: "Manteca" / writer: "Manteca" - as John Dizzy Gillespie
Fifty1999Documentary performer: "Ool Ya Koo"
Digging to China1997writer: "Soul Sauce" - as D. Gillespie
Dream with the Fishes1997writer: "Soul Sauce" - as John Gillespie
The Last Time I Committed Suicide1997performer: "Shaw 'Nuff'", "Groovin' High" / writer: "Shaw 'Nuff'", "Groovin' High"
The Cable Guy1996performer: "Salt Peanuts" / writer: "Salt Peanuts" - as John 'Dizzy' Gillespie
Fallen Angels1995TV Series writer - 1 episode
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Bara du & jag1994writer: "A Night in Tunisia"
When Pigs Fly1993writer: "NIGHT IN TUNISIA" - as John 'Dizzy' Gillespie
Mac1992performer: "MANTECA" / writer: "MANTECA"
Let's Get Lost1988Documentary "A Night in Tunisia"
The Big Score1983performer: "Ice Tea"
A Family Circus Easter1982TV Movie performer: "Now You See It... Now You Don't"
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young PeopleTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1976 writer - 1 episode, 1976
Shindig!1965TV Series performer - 1 episode
Timex All-Star Jazz Show1959TV Series performer - 1 episode
Les tricheurs1958writer: "Mic's Jump"
Stage Entrance1952TV Series performer - 1 episode
Coqueta1949writer: "Be-Bop" - as Dizzy Guillespie
Jivin' in Be-Bop1946Documentary performer: "Salt Peanuts", "Oop-Bop Sh-Bam", "Dizzy's Untitled Original", "Shaw 'nuff", "I Waited for You", "A Night in Tunisia", "Crazy About a Man", "One Bass Hit", "Boogie in C", "Dynamo A", "Ornithology", "He Beeped When He Should Have Bopped", "Droppin' a Square", "Things to Come", "Ray's Idea", "Bag's Boogie" - uncredited / writer: "Salt Peanuts", "Oop-Bop Sh-Bam", "Dizzy's Untitled Original", "Shaw 'nuff", "I Waited for You", "A Night in Tunisia", "One Bass Hit", "Dynamo A", "

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tribeca1993TV SeriesWatch Sargeant
El invierno en Lisboa1991Bill Swann
Amazonia1990Short voice
The Cosmic Eye1986The Musicians / Father Time
The Cosby Show1984TV SeriesMr. Hampton
A Family Circus Easter1982TV MovieEaster Bunny (voice)
Voyage to Next1974ShortFather Time (voice)
Jazz Is Our Religion1972voice
The Hat1964Short voice
The Cool World1963
The Hole1962Short voice

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fifty1999Documentary musician: trumpet solo, "Ool Ya Koo"
El invierno en Lisboa1991musician: trumpet solo
Amazonia1990Short musician: trumpet
Hello1984Short musician: soloist
Everybody Rides the Carousel1975musician: trumpet solo
Voyage to Next1974Short conductor
Les tricheurs1958musician
Murder with Music1941composer: songs "Geeshee", "Too Late Baby", "Hello Happiness" and "Running Around"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Voyage to Next1974Short
It Don't Mean a Thing1967Short
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1966TV Series 1 episode
The Hat1964Short
Date with Dizzy1958Short
Number 4: Manteca1947Short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bird1988special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jazz de Cuba2004Documentary
Improvisation2004Himself
The Spitball Story1997Documentary shortHimself
Oscar Peterson: Music in the Key of Oscar1995VideoHimself
Masters of American Music1995TV Mini-SeriesHimself
A Great Day in Harlem1994DocumentaryHimself
Movie Music Man: A Portrait of Lalo Schifrin1993TV Movie documentaryMusician, Trumpet
Great Performances1986-1993TV SeriesHimself
Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story1992DocumentaryHimself
Dizzy Goes East1992DocumentaryHimself
Futures1991TV SeriesHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1991TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1991TV SeriesHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1990TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
Grammy Legends1990TV SpecialHimself
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones1990DocumentaryHimself
American Tribute to Vaclav Havel and a Celebration of Democracy in Czechoslovakia1990TV MovieHimself
Benny Carter: Symphony in Riffs1989DocumentaryHimself
Trumpetistically, Clora Bryant1989Video shortHimself
Omnibus1989TV Series documentary
The Ghost of Faffner Hall1989TV SeriesHimself
American Masters1989TV Series documentaryHimself
The 31st Annual Grammy Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
Songs Unwritten: A Tap Dancer Remembered1989Video documentaryHimself
Art Blakey: The Jazz Messenger1988DocumentaryHimself
Frank's Place1988TV SeriesHimself
A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba1988DocumentaryHimself
Sunday Night1988TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970-1986TV SeriesHimself
The 28th Annual Grammy Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
Arena1985TV Series documentaryHimself
Harry Belafonte in Concert1985TV SpecialHimself
Olympic Gala1984TV Special documentaryThe Olympic Jazz All Stars
Roots of Rhythm1984TV SeriesHimself
Música Para Sempre1980DocumentaryHimself
From Jump Street: The Story of Black Music1980TV SeriesHimself
3-2-1 Contact1980TV SeriesHimself
The Muppet Show1980TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest Star
Big Band Bash1978TV MovieHimself
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHimself
Dizzy Gillespie Helsingissä1976TV MovieHimself
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People1976TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself
Sammy and Company1975TV SeriesHimself
Timex All-Star Swing Festival1972TV SpecialHimself
First Newport Jazz Festival: Belgrade 19711971TV SpecialHimself - Trumpet
The Dick Cavett Show1970-1971TV SeriesHimself
Louis Armstrong: 1900 - 19711971TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Bill Cosby Special, or?1971TV MovieHimself
Music on 21970TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Della1969TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Baff - Fast eine Sendung1968TV SeriesHimself
The Bell Telephone Hour1968TV SeriesHimself - Trumpeter
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHimself
Dizzy Gillespie1965Documentary shortHimself
Shindig!1965TV SeriesHimself - Trumpeter
The Mike Douglas Show1962-1965TV SeriesHimself - Musician / Himself / Themselves
ABC's Nightlife1965TV SeriesHimself
That Regis Philbin Show1965TV SeriesHimself
The Lively Ones1962TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1961TV SeriesJazz Trumpeter
47 rue Vieille-du-Temple1960Documentary shortHimself
Timex All-Star Jazz Show1959TV SeriesHimself
Date with Dizzy1958ShortHimself
Person to Person1956TV Series documentaryHimself
Music 551955TV Series documentaryHimself
Stage Entrance1952TV SeriesHimself
Harlem Dynamite1949ShortHimself - Bandleader
Jivin' in Be-Bop1946DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jazz Legends in Their Own Words2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jazz 625 at the BBC2014TV Movie
The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America2012DocumentaryHimself
A Música Segundo Tom Jobim2012DocumentaryHimself
Io sono Tony Scott, ovvero come l'Italia fece fuori il più grande clarinettista del jazz2010DocumentaryHimself
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel2009DocumentaryHimself
Double Take2009DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Tete Montoliu, una mirada2007VideoHimself
Jazz Giants of the 20th Century2007Video documentaryHimself
Play Your Own Thing: A Story of Jazz in Europe2006DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
E! True Hollywood Story2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Mamy Scopitone - L'âge d'or du clip2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Billy Eckstine Sings and Dizzy Gillespie Swings2004Video documentaryHimself
Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photography of Milt Hinton2003DocumentaryHimself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Miles Davis Story2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Playboy: The Party Continues2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
I'll Make Me a World1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation1999DocumentaryHimself
Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years1998Video documentaryHimself
A Celebration of America's Music1998TV SpecialHimself
The Fifties1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (with his band, 1949) (uncredited)
My Universe Inside Out1996Short
Great Performances1994TV SeriesHimself
American Masters1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame1993TV Special documentaryHimself
Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time1992DocumentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
Smoothie1992DocumentaryHimself
What Happened to Kerouac?1986DocumentaryHimself
The Last of the Blue Devils1979DocumentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingAwarded on October 20, 1995 at 7057 Hollywood Blvd.


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#Quote
1[on Charlie Parker]: He was the other half of my heartbeat.
2"Kush" is a number we wrote on our recent trip to Africa, where we were busy making apologies for the [U.S.] State Department. (humorous and sarcastic statement about U.S. policy regarding Africa during the peak of the African Independence Movement, the early 1960s)
3We have to play a benefit tonight for the B'nai Brith and the NAACP. It's sponsored by the John Birch Society, the Ku Klux Klan, the Catholic Youth Organization and the YMCA and it's being held in the Greyhound Bus Station at Jackson, Mississippi. (humorous and sarcastic statement made in the early 1960s during C.O.R.E.'s attempts to desegregate interstate travel)

#Trademark
1Ballooning cheeks as he played
245 degree slant on his trumpet

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