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Dizzy Gillespie

  • Original Name John Birks
  • Birth 21 Oct 1917 Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA
  • Death 6 Jan 1993 Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
  • Burial Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA
  • Plot Buried next to his mother
  • Memorial ID 3998

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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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 14 Nov 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3998
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dizzy Gillespie (21 Oct 1917–6 Jan 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3998, citing Flushing Cemetery, Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .