The Ambassador of Jazz!
Famous for his pouched cheeks and together with Charlie Parker having invented Bebop, Dizzy Gillespie was a jazz legend.
Up there with Miles Davis and Louie Armstrong in the world of famous Trumpeters, Dizzy’s hero was Roy Eldridge, a skilled Trumpet player whose improvisational style Mr. Gillespie would develop with more complex harmony and rhythms.
Unlike Charlie Parker, Dizzy lived a relatively long life, recording, touring the world, and teaching his style to, among others, Miles Davis.
Being extremely active he would work with pretty much every famous player in the business, spreading his music worldwide.
During a 1956 tour of the Middle East, his influence worldwide had gotten so great he earned the nickname the Ambassador of Jazz.
However, these are only two cherry-picked examples, Dizzy Gillespie’s back catalogue is enormous. Check it out here: List of works by Dizzy Gillespie.
Among others, you’ll find Dizzy playing standards such as All The Things You Are, Body And Soul, Desafinado, Hot House, Caravan, One Note Samba, ‘Round Midnight, and Summertime.
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A Night In Tunisia
Learn how to play A Night In Tunisia by Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker using chords, chord analysis, lyrics, and the original recording.
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You can learn how to play Summertime by Billie Holiday using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, and the original recording.
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Summertime and the living is easy…