Saturday, April 09, 2005

Dizzy Gillespie

Trumpeter bandleader composer John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie [1917-1993]was one of the founding fathers of the music that was called ‘Be-Bop." Besides being a great musician, he was genuinely funny!
Dizzy played the Los Angeles area fairly often and I was able to see him many times. The picture above was taken at Disneyland in 1983. When I saw him at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in 1985, I got him to autograph it.

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