Dizzy Gillespie

Actor Dizzy Gillespie
  • Birth name:

    John Birks Gillespie

  • Date of Birth:

    6 January 1917 Cheraw, South Carolina, USA


John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, along with Charlie Parker, ushered in the era of Be-Bop in the American jazz tradition. He was born in Cheraw, South Carolina, and was the youngest of nine children. He began playing piano at the age of four and received a music scholarship to the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina. Most noted for his trademark "swollen cheeks", Gillespie admitted to copying the style of trumpeter Roy Eldridge early in his career. He replaced Eldridge in the 'Teddy Hill' Band a... more

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