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Dizzy Gillespie
Original name: John Birks Gillespie
Birth: Oct. 21, 1917
Cheraw
Chesterfield County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 6, 1993
Englewood
Bergen County
New Jersey, USA

Musician. He was a trumpeter recognized as one of the most major contrbutors to the development of American bebop and modern jazz. Known as the "ambassador of jazz", he began his career in the 1930s, when he joined Cab Calloway's orchestra. For the next six decades, he led his own bands, both big and small, and toured the world playing his complex and upbeat music. He has performed with virtually all the great names of jazz to included Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Stan Levy and John Coltrane. He recorded countless albums and was best noted for his signature tunes "A Night in Tunisia" and "Salt Peanuts". In 1972, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences' Grammy Award ceremonies and received the National Medal of Arts from President George Bush. During the 1980s, he organized the Dizzy Gillespie National Orchestra which performed at jazz festivals world wide until his death. He died of cancer at the age of 75. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Parents:
  Lottie Powe Gillespie (1882 - ____)
 
 Spouse:
  Lorraine Willis Gillespie (1920 - 2004)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Flushing Cemetery
Flushing
Queens County
New York, USA
Plot: Buried next to his mother [unmarked]
 
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Record added: Nov 15, 1998
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