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Dizzy Gillespie (1917–1993)

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, along with Charlie Parker, ushered in the era of Be-Bop in the American jazz tradition. He was born in Cheraw, South Carolina, and was the youngest of nine children. He began playing piano at the age of four and received a music scholarship to the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina. Most noted for his trademark "... See full bio »

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 2015 Our Brand Is Crisis (writer: "Soul Sauce (GUarachi Guaro)")
 2014 Sasha I Love You (Short) (writer: "A night in Tunisia")
 2014 Small Time (writer: "Soul Sauce")
 2013 Half of a Yellow Sun (writer: "A Night in Tunisia" - as Gillespie)
 2012 On the Road (performer: "Salt Peanuts") / (writer: "Salt Peanuts")
 2011 W.E. (performer: "Manteca") / (writer: "Manteca")
 2011 L.A. Noire (Video Game) (as John Gillespie, "Manteca") / (performer: "Manteca", "Oop Pop A Da")
 2010 Chico & Rita (performer: "Manteca" - as Dizzie Gillespie & His Orchestra) / (writer: "Manteca")
  So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2010) (writer - 1 episode, 2010)
- Top Six Perform (2010) ... (performer: "Manteca") / (writer: "Manteca")
 2010 Howl (performer: "Lady Be Good")
 2008 More Than a Game (Documentary) (performer: "Manteca [The Funky Lowlives Remix]") / (writer: "Manteca [The Funky Lowlives Remix]")
 2008 Two Lovers (writer: "Kush" (1961))
 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game) (performer: "Whisper Not (Big Band)")
 2008 So You Think You Can Dance Australia (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Top 16 Perform (2008) ... (performer: "Manteca")
 2008/I Paris (performer: "Be bop") / (writer: "Be bop")
 2006 The West Wing (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Cold (2006) ... (performer: "Bang Bang")
  Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2005) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton (2005) ... (performer: "This Time It's Us", "Ceciliana") / (writer: "This Time It's Us", "Ceciliana" - as D. Gillespie)
 2005 Peter Cincotti: Live in New York (Video documentary) (writer: "A Night In Tunisia")
 2004/I Ray (writer: "Emanon" - as John 'Dizzy' Gillespie)
 2003 American Splendor (performer: "Stardust" (1929), "Lady Be Good" (1924))
 2001 Boycott (TV Movie) (performer: "Swing Low Sweet Cadillac") / (writer: "Swing Low Sweet Cadillac")
 2000 Burnt Money (performer: "Vida mía")
 1999 The Talented Mr. Ripley (performer: "THE CHAMP") / (writer: "THE CHAMP")
 1999 The Woman Chaser (performer: "Manteca") / (writer: "Manteca" - as John Dizzy Gillespie)
 1999 Fifty (Documentary) (performer: "Ool Ya Koo")
 1997 Digging to China (writer: "Soul Sauce" - as D. Gillespie)
 1997 Dream with the Fishes (writer: "Soul Sauce" - as John Gillespie)
 1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide (performer: "Shaw 'Nuff'", "Groovin' High") / (writer: "Shaw 'Nuff'", "Groovin' High")
 1996 The Cable Guy (performer: "Salt Peanuts") / (writer: "Salt Peanuts" - as John 'Dizzy' Gillespie)
 1995 Fallen Angels (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Tomorrow I Die (1995) ... (writer: "Pickin' Cabbage" - as John Gillespie)
 1994 Baseball (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Capital of Baseball (1994) ... (performer: "Exactly Like You")
 1994 Bara du & jag (writer: "A Night in Tunisia")
 1993 When Pigs Fly (writer: "NIGHT IN TUNISIA" - as John 'Dizzy' Gillespie)
 1992 Mac (performer: "MANTECA") / (writer: "MANTECA")
 1988 Let's Get Lost (Documentary) ("A Night in Tunisia")
 1983 The Big Score (performer: "Ice Tea")
 1982 A Family Circus Easter (TV Movie) (performer: "Now You See It... Now You Don't")
  The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1976) (writer - 1 episode, 1976)
- The Original Rompin' Stompin' Hot and Heavy, Cool and Groovy All Star Jazz Show (1976) ... (performer: "Bebop") / (writer: "Bebop")
 1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Shindig in Europe: Part 1 (1965) ... (performer: "Bavarian Beer Guru")
 1959 Timex All-Star Jazz Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Golden Age of Jazz (1959) ... (performer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1958 Youthful Sinners (writer: "Mic's Jump")
 1952 Stage Entrance (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 24 February 1952 (1952) ... (performer: "Hot House")
 1949 Coqueta (writer: "Be-Bop" - as Dizzy Guillespie)
 1946 Jivin' in Be-Bop (Documentary) (performer: "Salt Peanuts", "Oop-Bop Sh-Bam", "Dizzy's Untitled Original", "Shaw 'nuff", "I Waited for You", "A Night in Tunisia", "Crazy About a Man", "One Bass Hit", "Boogie in C", "Dynamo A", "Ornithology", "He Beeped When He Should Have Bopped", "Droppin' a Square", "Things to Come", "Ray's Idea", "Bag's Boogie" - uncredited) / (writer: "Salt Peanuts", "Oop-Bop Sh-Bam", "Dizzy's Untitled Original", "Shaw 'nuff", "I Waited for You", "A Night in Tunisia", "One Bass Hit", "Dynamo A", "He Beeped When He Should Have Bopped", "Droppin' a Square", "Things to Come" - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

His song and instrumental compositions include "A Night in Tunisia", "Woody'n You", "Ow", "Groovin' High", "Tour de Force", "Con Alma", "Fais Gaffe", "This Is the Way", "Manteca", "Lorraine", "Anthropology", "Cool World", "Double Six of Paris", "Something Old, Something New", and "Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac". See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 1 Article | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dizzy Gillespie and Group
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Charlie Parker]: He was the other half of my heartbeat. See more »

Trivia:

When playing, Dizzie Gillespie's cheeks would expand to extraordinary size, ballooning out far more than the average horn players do. This feature is so pronounced that there is now a medical condition named after this anomaly. Because he was the first, for all practical purposes, to have demonstrated this condition, and because since its recognition by the medical community there have been ... See more »

Trademark:

Ballooning cheeks as he played See more »

Nickname:

DG

Star Sign:

Libra

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