Roy Eldridge's Dizzy Gillespie: A Jazz Genius

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Dizzy Gillespie was initially influenced and dreamed to be a famous jazz musician like his idol Roy Eldridge. Dizzy was highly influenced by Roy after hearing him play his song on the radio and immediately wanted to become a jazz musician like Roy.

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John Birks Gillespie was born on October 21st 1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina. He is the youngest of nine children in his family and began playing Piano at the age of 4. At 10 years old his father passed away and not long after, by the age of 12 he had taught himself to play the trumpet and trombone. After listening to his idol Roy Eldridge on the radio he instantly wanted to play jazz and become a musician. He became such a great musician in a matter of years he got a music scholarship to Laurinburg Institute for two years but eventually dropped out of the school to look for work as a musician as he had grown up in poverty. At the young age of 18 he participated in his first ever professional job with the Frank Fairfax orchestra. After this he joined the orchestras of Edgar Hayes and Teddy Hill. Being in Teddy’s band, Dizzy made his first recording ‘King Porter Stomp’. In August of 1973 he met a young dancer named
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He continued on and wanted to pursue his dreams of becoming a jazz artist. He also went looking for a musician job because his family had grown into poverty, instead of people coming up to him and asking him if he wanted the job so he really had to work hard for it to support his family. I also believe that he should be in the hall of fame because even though some of his compositions might not be as popular as they used to be when they had first come out, he is still highly respected in the music community. Another thing is that Charlie Parker and himself grew/developed Be-bop. These are some reasons why I believe he should be in the hall of

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