William l maggin dizzy: the life and times of john birks gillespie harper collins isbn: 0-688-17088-9 2005 with the exception of louis armstrong, there's probably been no major artist in jazz as beloved as dizzy gillespie. John birks dizzy gillespie (/ gillespie started writing big band music for woody herman and jimmy dorsey gillespie's tone gradually faded in the last years in life, and his performances often focused more on his proteges such as arturo sandoval and jon faddis. Dizzy: the life and times of john birks gillespie harper collins isbn: 0-688-17088-9 2005 with the exception of louis armstrong, there's probably been no major artist in jazz as beloved as dizzy gillespie.
Dizzy gillespie secured his place in the jazz pantheon as one of the most expressive and virtuosic improvisers in the history of music more important is that he was one of its great innovators as a primary creator of the bebop and afro-cuban revolutions, he twice changed the way improvisation was fundamentally done. Dizzy: the life and times of john birks gillespie jazz article by david rickert, published on august 9, 2005 at all about jazz find more book reviews articles. One thing that maggin does well is show gillespie's life in the context of the development of the music, just what his innovations were and their place and importance in the history of jazz. Gillespie, john birks (“dizzy”)(b 21 october 1917 in cheraw, south carolina d 6 january 1993 in englewood, new jersey), virtuoso improviser on trumpet and a major figure in jazz history who led the bebop and latin jazz revolutions.
Dizzy: the life and times of john birks gillespie user review - not available - book verdict maggin (stan getz: a life in jazz ) has produced an important biography of dizzy gillespie, the 20th-century jazz giant who spearheaded the bebop and latin movements.
Donald l maggin dizzy: the life and times of john birks gillespie harper collins 422 pages isbn: 0-688-17088-9 dizzy gillespie towers over the history of jazz, a true giant among his peers.
John birks dizzy gillespie (/ ɡ ɪ ˈ l ɛ s p i / october 21, 1917 – january 6, 1993) was an american jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and singer  gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and improviser , building on the virtuoso style of roy eldridge  but adding layers of harmonic and rhythmic complexity previously unheard in jazz. Born on october 21, 1917, in cheraw, south carolina, dizzy gillespie, known for his swollen cheeks and signature (uniquely angled) trumpet's bell, got his start in the mid-1930s by working in prominent swing bands, including those of benny carter and charlie barnet.
Gillespie was the son of james gillespie, a bricklayer and part-time bandleader, and lottie powe, a homemaker he was the youngest of seven children to survive infancy gillespie was bathed in music as a child as he listened to rehearsals of his father’s band and absorbed ecstatic gospel music at nearby churches. Early life famed jazz trumpeter and composer dizzie gillespie was born john birks gillespie on october 21, 1917, in cheraw, south carolina.