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Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993

LC control no.n 50033872
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LC classificationML419.G54 Biography
Personal name headingGillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993
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Variant(s)Berks, John, 1917-1993
Birks, John, 1917-1993
Gillespie, John Birks, 1917-1993
Gillespie, John, 1917-1993
See alsoCorporate body: Dizzy Gillespie Octet
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Associated countryUnited States
Birth date1917-10-21
Death date1993-01-06
Place of birthCheraw (S.C.)
Place of deathEnglewood (N.J.)
Field of activityJazz
AffiliationGiants of Jazz (Musical group)
United Nation Orchestra
Profession or occupationJazz musicians
Trumpet players
Band directors
Found inWashington Post, 01-07-93 (Dizzy Gillespie, d. Englewood, NJ, 01-06-93)
New Grove dict. of jazz (Gillespie, Dizzy (John Birks); b. Oct. 21, 1917, Cheraw, SC; trumpeter, composer, and bandleader)
Jazz at the Philharmonic, 1946?: label (John Birks, trumpet)
Gaillard, S. Santa Monica jump [SR] 194-: label (John Berks, trumpet)
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)