Dizzy Gillespie

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  • Roy Eldridge's Dizzy Gillespie: A Jazz Genius

    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 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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  • How Did Charlie Parker Impact Society

    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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  • Exemplification Essay: The Role Of Improvisation In Music

    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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  • Please Don T By Tony Hoagland Analysis

    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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  • Charlie Parker's Swing Jazz

    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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  • Virtual Jazz Concert Analysis

    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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  • Frank Sinatra Biography

    Frankie Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra a actor/singer from Hoboken, New Jersey, started off with nothing but a ukulele and his back yard, to bright lights and all the fame a man could want. (“Frank Sinatra Biography”) Frank Sinatra was a mastermind when it came to singing and acting, he was one of the most famous men in the world. He was called the “Swing Eras” (1935-1946) best singer and actor (“Frank Sinatra Biography Film Actor, Singer”). Frank Sinatra was known by everyone back then, everyone…

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  • The Bebop Era

    maturity which hampered the successful development of the genre. On top of that, any recordings on V-Discs for military purposes could not used for commercial purposes or sold and were destroyed after the war. "Bop did not have a chance to emerge gradually for public listening as the other styles had" Tanner. Although the ban may have actually helped the development of bebop as musicians would not have to concern themselves with commercially viable records. Therefore giving the opportunity to…

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  • Why Is Charlie Parker Important

    August 29, 1920 and died on March 12, 1955. He was one of the most important and influential saxophonists and jazz players of the 1940’s. A legendary figure in his own lifetime, he was idolized by those who worked with him, and he inspired a generation of jazz performers and composers. Charlie had a magnetic personality; wherever he would walk into he would change the feel of the room. He started studying music in a local school in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the inventor a more complex and…

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  • Salt Peanuts Analysis

    Louis Armstrong is one of my favoirites jazz musicians of all times; whereas, Dizzy Gillespie 's “Salt Peanuts” is one of mine favourite bebop tunes. In my opinion, both Armstrong 's “Heebie Jeebies” and Gillespie 's “Salt Peanuts” tunes are increadible, but each of them in their own way. First of they are from different jazz sub-genres. Louis Armstrong is mainly New Orleans Jazz; in contrast, Dizzy Gillespie is a bebop musician. It is kinf of obvious that they have different forms, “Salt…

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