Dizzy Gillespie

1917 - 1993

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John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (; 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 virtuoso 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 2,281,243 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Dizzy Gillespie is the 141st most popular musician (up from 144th in 2019), the 822nd most popular biography from United States (down from 805th in 2019) and the 39th 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 141 out of 2,675Before him are Ice-T, Itzhak Perlman, George Martin, Nick Mason, David Guetta, and Dave Brubeck. After him are Mariss Jansons, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Don Cherry, Joe Hisaishi, and Bono.

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Among people born in 1917, Dizzy Gillespie ranks 32Before him are Edward Norton Lorenz, Rochus Misch, Fernando Rey, Jean-Pierre Melville, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Mel Ferrer. After him are Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia, George Gaynes, Manolete, Kiro Gligorov, Bourvil, and Jack Kirby. Among people deceased in 1993, Dizzy Gillespie ranks 22Before him are Inge Lehmann, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, W. Edwards Deming, Bill Bixby, Kōbō Abe, and André the Giant. After him are Polykarp Kusch, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price, Wolfgang Paul, Brandon Lee, and Cantinflas.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Dizzy Gillespie ranks 822 out of 15,968Before him are Ronald Wayne (1934), Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921), Nellie Bly (1864), Gary Sinise (1955), Eleanor H. Porter (1868), and Davy Crockett (1786). After him are Murray Rothbard (1926), Jean Harlow (1911), George E. Smith (1930), Loie Fuller (1862), Michael Crichton (1942), and Jerry Stiller (1927).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Dizzy Gillespie ranks 39Before him are Don Shirley (1927), Ray Manzarek (1939), Lady Gaga (1986), Jerry Lee Lewis (1935), Ice-T (1958), and Dave Brubeck (1920). After him are Herbie Hancock (1940), Quincy Jones (1933), Don Cherry (1936), Cyndi Lauper (1953), Keith Jarrett (1945), and James Hetfield (1963).