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Dizzy Gillespie: Musician: Black Americans of Achievement
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Born in 1917, John Birks Gillespie took to the trumpet at age 12. He joined his first big swing band as a teenager and promptly acquired the nickname Dizzy, a tribute to his boundless energy and fun-loving ways. He gradually freed himself from the limits of swing music in the late 1930s and thereby changed the course of jazz. Teaming up with several young musicians -- incl. drummer Kenny Clarke, pianist Thelonius Monk, and saxophonist Charlie Parker -- Gillespie developed a unique approach to rhythm and harmony that became known as bebop. He formed a large orchestra in 1945, and two years later, he introduced another new element, Afro-Cuban rhythms. His songs “Salt Peanuts” and “A Night in Tunisia” have become jazz standards. Photos.
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