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Age75 (age at death)
Birthday 21 October, 1917
Birthplace Cheraw, South Carolina, USA
Died 6 January, 1993
Place of Death Englewood, New Jersey, USA
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Libra
Nationality American
Occupation Musician
Claim to Fame Jazz, bebop, Afro-Cuban Jazz
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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. His beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, his scat singing, his bent horn, pouched cheeks, and his light-hearted personality provided some of bebop's most prominent symbols.

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