Happy 100th Birthday Dizzy!


Today we celebrate the centennial birthday of the jazz trumpeter, band leader, composer, and singer John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993). A trumpet virtuoso and improviser played with layers of harmonic complexity previously unheard in jazz. His beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, scatting, bent horn, pouched cheeks and his light-hearted personality were essential in popularizing bebop.

Todd Wilson