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To my ears, "The Courtship" is one of those rare recorded performances where magic invades the room and leads to something truly memorable. Before downloading any file you are required to read and accept the Terms and Conditions. Unlike Bird, Dizzy was an enthusiastic teacher who wrote down his musical innovations and was eager to explain them to the next generation, thereby insuring that bebop would eventually become the foundation of jazz.
Dizzy Gillespie was also one of the key founders of Afro-Cuban or Latin jazz, adding Chano Pozo 's conga to his orchestra in , and utilizing complex poly-rhythms early on.
The leader of two of the finest big bands in jazz history, Gillespie differed from many in the bop generation by being a masterful showman who could make his music seem both accessible and fun to the audience. With his puffed-out cheeks, bent trumpet which occurred by accident in the early '50s when a dancer tripped over his horn , and quick wit, Dizzy was a colorful figure to watch.
A natural comedian, Gillespie was also a superb scat singer and occasionally played Latin percussion for the fun of it, but it was his trumpet playing and leadership abilities that made him into a jazz giant. The youngest of nine children, John Birks Gillespie taught himself trombone and then switched to trumpet when he was He grew up in poverty, won a scholarship to an agricultural school Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina , and then in dropped out of school to look for work as a musician.
Inspired and initially greatly influenced by Roy Eldridge , Gillespie who soon gained the nickname of " Dizzy " joined Frankie Fairfax's band in Philadelphia. In , he became a member of Teddy Hill 's orchestra in a spot formerly filled by Eldridge. After his father died in , Gillespie taught himself the trumpet and trombone ; for two years he attended the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina , where he played in the band and took music classes.
Gillespie formed his own orchestra in the late s, and it was considered to be one of the finest large jazz ensembles. Gillespie formed other bands sporadically throughout the remainder of his career, but he played mostly in small groups from the s onward. To many, Gillespie ranks as the greatest jazz trumpeter of all time, with the possible exception of Louis Armstrong.
He took the saxophone-influenced lines of Roy Eldridge and executed them faster, with greater ease and harmonic daring, playing his jagged melodies with abandon, reaching into the highest registers of the trumpet range, and improvising into precarious situations from which he seemed always to extricate himself.* Norgran MGN; Verve MGV New Jazz Sounds Featuring Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Harris. The Art Tatum - Benny Carter - Louis Bellson Trio. Benny Carter, alto sax; Art Tatum, piano; Louis Bellson, drums. Los Angeles, CA, June 25,