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Dizzy Gillespie

1917 - 1993

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John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie ( gil-ESP-ee; October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, educator and singer. He was a trumpet virtuoso and improviser, building on the virtuosic style of Roy Eldridge but adding layers of harmonic and rhythmic complexity previously unheard in jazz. His combination of musicianship, showmanship, and wit made him a leading popularizer of the new music called bebop. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dizzy Gillespie has received more than 3,123,702 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Dizzy Gillespie is the 140th most popular musician (up from 141st in 2019), the 817th most popular biography from United States (up from 821st in 2019) and the 40th most popular American Musician.

Dizzy Gillespie is most famous for his contributions to jazz music. He was a trumpeter and composer who was known for his virtuosity and creativity. He was one of the first jazz musicians to use Afro-Cuban rhythms and he was a pioneer in the development of bebop.

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Among musicians, Dizzy Gillespie ranks 140 out of 2,662Before him are Compay Segundo, Cliff Richard, Ice-T, David Guetta, Itzhak Perlman, and Lionel Richie. After him are Ike Turner, Ian Stewart, Ritchie Valens, Hans von Bülow, James Hetfield, and Malcolm Young.

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Among people born in 1917, Dizzy Gillespie ranks 32Before him are Bourvil, Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia, James Rainwater, Sven Hassel, George Gaynes, and Ferdinand Marcos. After him are Algirdas Julien Greimas, Danielle Darrieux, John Lee Hooker, Thelonious Monk, Edward Norton Lorenz, and Robert Burns Woodward. Among people deceased in 1993, Dizzy Gillespie ranks 22Before him are Inge Lehmann, Hans Jonas, Brandon Lee, Polykarp Kusch, Bobby Moore, and W. Edwards Deming. After him are Kōbō Abe, Lillian Gish, Bill Bixby, Wolfgang Paul, Albert Sabin, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Dizzy Gillespie ranks 817 out of 18,182Before him are Bugsy Siegel (1906), Nancy Pelosi (1940), Gene Tierney (1920), John Carpenter (1948), Minoru Yamasaki (1912), and Lionel Richie (1949). After him are Dorothea Lange (1895), Peter Bogdanovich (1939), Michael Mann (1943), L. Ron Hubbard (1911), George F. Kennan (1904), and Eva Marie Saint (1924).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Dizzy Gillespie ranks 40Before him are Chick Corea (1941), Alice Cooper (1948), Quincy Jones (1933), Ray Manzarek (1939), Ice-T (1958), and Lionel Richie (1949). After him are Ike Turner (1931), Ritchie Valens (1941), James Hetfield (1963), Thelonious Monk (1917), Stan Getz (1927), and Don Cherry (1936).