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John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie

Today, October 21, we celebrate almost 100 years from John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie birthday. More exactly 93 years. For who don’t know Dizzy Gillespie (October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpet player and composer. Dizzy Gillespie has been described as the “Sound of Surprise“.

Dizzy Gillespie
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Gillespie was also involved in the movement called Afro-Cuban music, bringing Latin and African elements to greater prominence in jazz and even pop music, particularly salsa.

Video with John:

Filmography of Dizzy Gillespie

* 1983 Jazz in America (Embassy)
* 1986 In Redondo Beach/Jazz In America ( Embassy)
* 1991 Dizzy Gillespie: A Night in Tunisia (VIEW)
* 1993 Live in London (Kultur Video)
* 1998 Dizzy Gillespie & Charles Mingus (Vidjazz)
* 1998 Dizzy Gillespie: Ages (Vidjazz)
* 1999 Jazz Casual: Dizzy Gillespie (Rhino)
* 2001 Jivin’in Be-Bop (Jazz Classic Video)
* 2001 Dizzy Gillespie: A Night in Chicago (VIEW)[39] * 2001 Live at the Royal Festival Hall 1987 (Pioneer)
* 2002 Live in Montreal (Image)
* 2003 20th Century Jazz Masters
* 2003 Swing Era (with Mel Torme) (Idem)
* 2005 Norman Granz Jazz in Montreux: Presents Dizzy Gillespie Sextet ’77 (Eagle Vision USA)
* 2005 Summer Jazz Live at New Jersey 1987 (FS World Jazz / Alpha Centauri Entertainment)
* 2005 A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba (New Video Group)
* 2006 Jazz Icons: Live in ’58 & ’70 (Universal)
* 2008 London Concerts 1965 & 1966 (Impro-Jazz Spain)

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