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    John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was born in South Carolina in 1917 and died in 1993. He was a jazz trumpet player, bandleader and composer. He received a music scholarship to the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina. He was one of the pioneers in bebop and had performed in Minton’s Playhouse and Monroe’s Uptown House. He worked with Charlie Parker in 1945, and performed in New York and Los Angeles. After the Los Angeles performance in December 1945, Gillespie returned to New York and Parker stayed in Los Angeles. His songs include “Salt Peanuts,” “A Night in Tunisia,” and “Groovin’ High,” among others. “No Dancing” started with Gillespie’s experience with Ellington and his bands. According to Eckstine, the audiences may not have any ideas what they just heard, but Gillespie could explain what he played for days. In the song “Woody ‘n You” consisted with minor-sixth chords with dominant that was under the influences of Monk. The feeling…

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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. Roy Eldridge 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…

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    the flowers could encounter (28-29). As humans, we see walking among nature a valuable part of life, for we are able to connect with the outdoor environments around us. However, the flowers and nature see this act as a terrifying circumstance because for them it could be their end. This shows why scenarios that humans see as beneficial, are sheltered from the young flowers, for the situations make the children fearful of the future and this anxiety does not enhance their life. Two key…

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    After hours, Gillespie and Parker would develop their skills and eventually collaborate to create Bebop, replacing the simple melodies of the big bands with complicated rhythms, as well as creating higher tempos for their music (Verity, New York City), this would lead them to perform a six-week tour in Los Angeles, where Parker would remain until 1946 (Bio.com, Creating Bebop). Parker’s work with Gillespie produced his influential recording “Koko” in 1945 (Megill, 159). That same year, Parker…

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    community in the iconic shift is music. Parker’s self-destructive behavior and lifestyle, despite being fatal to the musician ending his life at the age of 34, also attracted a lot of attention of the hipsters, poets, and researchers of the era of late 1940s jazz. As Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie traveled to the…

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    Improvisation is one of the essential fundamentals that distinguishes jazz from other genres of music. Through improvisation in jazz, musicians are afforded the opportunity to thrust their level of musical creativity and ability for greater performance. “Artists such as Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke and others changed jazz from a functional music to a music in which the players were praised for their artistic ability, for their virtuosity, for their inventiveness in improvisation, for an…

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    For my own virtual jazz band, I wanted to try and pick jazz musicians who could mend well with a dance or a swing band. Max Roach on drums, Charles Mingus on bass, Benny Goodman on clarinet, Lester Young on tenor sax, Cannonball Adderly on alto sax, Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton on trombone, Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway as singers, and Duke Ellington on piano and as the bandleader. The group would have the style of early 20th century dance bands and do a live…

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    Sarah Vaughan was surrounded by music at birth. She was born in Newark, New Jersey to a father who played guitar and a mother who played organ for her church. Her interest in music began at an early age. Sarah started talking piano and organ lessons when she was seven years old; she also sang in her church’s choir. At age 12 she began subbing in to play organ for the church when her mother couldn’t. When she was eighteen years old Sarah was dared by her friends to enter an amateur singing…

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    Especially when outside influences make it even harder. The modern era did not invent the phenomena of illicit drug use. In Harlem, where Davis made his music in the 1950’s, poverty was rampant in the African American community, accompanied by a high crime rate. Drug use has always gone hand in hand with such situations, with heroin the most popular during this era, a fact Miles Davis discovered to his detriment in the early 1950’s. Luckily, the trumpet player was able to move past his…

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    others. Andrew Neu is a saxophonist/woodwind player and recording artist. He has toured the world with Bobby Caldwell, Diane Schuur and Smokey Robinson. A graduate of Temple University, he has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philly Pops. Lennie Niehaus, alto soloist and arranger for the Stan Kenton Orchestra, has recorded albums of his own with Mel Lewis, Shelly Manne, Jimmy Giuffre, Hampton Hawes, and more. He also composed the film scores for Clint Eastwood's Pale…

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