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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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A Masterpiece by Midnight: 1960 to the Present (S1, Ep10)
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Risk: 1945-1955 (S1, Ep8)
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(1999)
On the Road Soundtrack
(2012)
The Cable Guy Soundtrack
(1996)
Two Lovers Soundtrack
(2008)

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  Fargo (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2020) (writer - 1 episode, 2020)
- Raddoppiarlo (2020) ... (performer: "Dizzy Atmosphere") / (writer: "Dizzy Atmosphere")
 2019 24/7 College Football (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Washington State Cougars (2019) ... (performer: "Bang Bang")
 2019 Motherless Brooklyn (performer: "Relaxing with Lee")
 2019 Ibiza: The Silent Movie (Documentary) (writer: "Soul Sauce")
 2018 The Man in the High Castle (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The New Colossus (2018) ... (writer: "Jungla")
  Gregory Porter's Popular Voices (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2017) (writer - 1 episode, 2017)
- Showstoppers (2017) ... (performer: "Salt Peanuts" - uncredited) / (writer: "Salt Peanuts" - uncredited)
 2017 Godard Mon Amour (writer: "The Champ")
 2017 American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Before the Bunny: Marilyn Monroe (2017) ... (writer: "Bloomdido" - uncredited)
 2016 I Called Him Morgan (Documentary) (performer: "A Night In Tunisia" written by nm0318926 (as John Gillespie) & nm1455471)
 2015 Tubby Hayes: A Man in a Hurry (Documentary) (writer: "Tin Tin Deo")
 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")
 2012 On the Road (performer: "Salt Peanuts") / (writer: "Salt Peanuts")
 2012 Beware of Mr. Baker (Documentary) (writer: "Salt Peanuts")
 2011 W.E. (performer: "Manteca") / (writer: "Manteca")
 2011 L.A. Noire (Video Game) ("Manteca") / (performer: "Manteca", "Oop Pop A Da")
 2010 Chico & Rita (performer: "Manteca") / (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) ("Whisper Not (Big Band)", uncredited)
 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")
  The War (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2007) (writer - 1 episode, 2007)
- A World Without War: March 1945 - September 1945 (2007) ... (performer: "Groovin' High") / (writer: "Groovin' High")
 2006 The West Wing (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Cold (2006) ... (performer: "Bang Bang")
 2005 Peter Cincotti: Live in New York (Video documentary) (writer: "A Night In Tunisia")
  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")
 2004/I Ray (writer: "Emanon")
 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")
 1999 Fifty (Documentary) (performer: "Ool Ya Koo")
 1997 Digging to China (writer: "Soul Sauce")
 1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide (performer: "Shaw 'Nuff'", "Groovin' High") / (writer: "Shaw 'Nuff'", "Groovin' High")
 1997 Dream with the Fishes (writer: "Soul Sauce")
 1996 The Cable Guy (performer: "Salt Peanuts") / (writer: "Salt Peanuts")
 1995 Fallen Angels (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Tomorrow I Die (1995) ... (writer: "Pickin' Cabbage")
 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")
 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")
 1976 Sven Klang's Combo (writer: "Be-Bop")
  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")
 1959-1962 NDR Jazz Workshops (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- No. 25 (1962) ... (writer: "BeBop")
- No. 18 (1961) ... (writer: "Woody 'n' You")
- No. 15 (1960) ... (writer: "Dizzy Atmosphere")
- No. 05 (1959) ... (writer: "Blue 'n Boogie")
 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")
  The Subject Is Jazz (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1958) (performer - 1 episode, 1958)
- Jazz Today (1958) ... (writer: "Wouldn't You?")
- Performance (1958) ... (performer: "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" - uncredited) / (writer: "Groovin' High")
 1952 Stage Entrance (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 24 February 1952 (1952) ... (performer: "Hot House")
 1949 Coqueta (writer: "Be-Bop")
 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:

CD: "Greatest Hits Series" (RCA) 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:

He was inducted into the 2014 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Arts and Entertainment Category. See more »

Trademark:

Ballooning cheeks as he played See more »

Nickname:

DG

Star Sign:

Libra

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