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us: Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993


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  • Variants

    • us: Berks, John, 1917-1993
    • us: Birks, John, 1917-1993
    • us: Gillespie, John Birks, 1917-1993
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1917-10-21
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 1993-01-06
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Cheraw (S.C.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Englewood (N.J.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Giants of Jazz (Musical group)
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) United Nation Orchestra
    • Gender

        (lcdgt) Males
    • Field of Activity

        (lcsh) Jazz
      • Occupation

          (lcsh) Jazz musicians
            (lcsh) Trumpet players
              (lcsh) Composers
                (lcsh) Band directors
            • Sources

              • found: Washington Post, 01-07-93 (Dizzy Gillespie, d. Englewood, NJ, 01-06-93)
              • found: New Grove dict. of jazz (Gillespie, Dizzy (John Birks); b. Oct. 21, 1917, Cheraw, SC; trumpeter, composer, and bandleader)
              • found: Jazz at the Philharmonic, 1946?: label (John Birks, trumpet)
              • found: Gaillard, S. Santa Monica jump [SR] 194-: label (John Berks, trumpet)
              • found: American National Biography Online, accessed January 30, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Gillespie, Dizzy; trumpeter, bandleader, composer / arranger, jazz musician; born 21 October 1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina, United States; joined Cab Calloway's band (1939-1941); composed and arranged on Calloway's recordings, including Bye Bye Blues, and Boo-Wah Boo-Wah (1940); music director for Billy Eckstine's big band, arranging Good Jelly Blues (1944); seminal bebop recordings with saxophonist Charlie Parker (1945-1946); formed big band with Gil Fuller, and pianist John Lewis (1948); recordings of note are the album Diz and Getz andAfro(1953-1957); formed the Giants of Jazz (1971-1972); founded the United Nation Orchestra (1988); honors include, plaque President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1956); the National Medal of Arts; French Commandeur des Arts et Lettres; the Kennedy Center Honor; died 06 January 1993 in Englewood, New Jersey, United States)
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