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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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 2012 On the Road (performer: "Salt Peanuts") / (writer: "Salt Peanuts")
 2011 W.E. (performer: "Manteca") / (writer: "Manteca")
 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 Paris (performer: "Be bop") / (writer: "Be bop")
 2006 The West Wing (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Cold (2006) ... (performer: "Bang Bang")
 2005 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton (2005) ... (performer: "This Time It's Us", "Ceciliana")
 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 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)
 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")
 1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Shindig in Europe: Part 1 (1965) ... (performer: "Barvarian Beer Guru")
 1959 Timex All-Star Jazz Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Golden Age of Jazz (1959) ... (performer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 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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Other Works:

Album: "Closer to the Source", 1983. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

"'Kush' is a number we wrote on our recent trip to Africa, where we were busy making apologies for the [U.S.] State Department." (humorous and sarcastic statement about U.S. policy regarding Africa during peak of the African Independence Movement, early 1960s) See more »

Trivia:

Played the trumpet solo on "Do I Do" from Stevie Wonder's "Musiquarium" compilation album (1982). See more »

Trademark:

45 degree slant on his trumpet See more »

Nickname:

DG

Star Sign:

Libra

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