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Dizzy Gillespie

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Dizzy Gillespie artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Concerts

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January 14, 2009 The big band played a special Gillespie celebration with New York Voices to ring in 2009.

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Studio Sessions

Dizzy Gillespie.

July 25, 2008 Gillespie joined host Marian McPartland in 1985 to talk and play love Cuban music, one of his loves.

Interviews & Profiles

Arturo Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie on tour in Europe in 1991. Sandoval's new album, Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You), is a tribute to his friend and mentor.

May 12, 2012 The Cuban trumpeter befriended Dizzy Gillespie when the American jazzman visited Havana in 1977.

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Charlie Parker, ca. Aug. 1947.

August 29, 2007 He was one of the greatest improvisers in jazz and co-inventor of the music called "Bebop."

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May 30, 2005 A jazz legend's influence on the genre is detailed in Donald Maggin's book Dizzy.

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Discover Songs

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March 27, 2008 Former frontman for The Kinks Ray Davies shares some of his favorite music.

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The cover of The Complete RCA Victor Recordings

August 1, 2001 The album highlights Dizzy's playfulness and includes great compositions like "A Night in Tunisia."

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The cover of Roy and Diz

August 1, 2001 Two rivals, Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge, came together to record an album of dueling trumpets.

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Composer and bandleader Dizzy Gillespie playing in 1970.

September 3, 2000 Dizzy Gillespie's legendary 1942 composition fueled a jazz revolution called bebop.

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News

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September 20, 2007 A musician reflects on the Monterey Jazz Festival and reviews a new set of archival Monterey CDs.

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Reviews

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December 21, 2005 For lovers of jazz music, the year 2005 brought a wealth of reissues by critical artists.

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The cover of The Complete RCA Victor Recordings

August 1, 2001 The album highlights Dizzy's playfulness and includes great compositions like "A Night in Tunisia."

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The cover of Roy and Diz

August 1, 2001 Two rivals, Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge, came together to record an album of dueling trumpets.

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The cover of Jazz at Massey Hall

August 1, 2001 The album documents Jimmy Carter singing, as well as rare moments when jazz legends record together.

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The cover of The Original Mambo Kings: An Introduction To Afro-Cubop 1948-1954

August 1, 2001 Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bebo Valdes and others capture the spirit of the era.

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More Stories

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October 16, 2006 The legendary musician toured political hot-spots in 1956 as a U.S. cultural ambassador.

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Clarinet and saxophone player Paquito D'Rivera wore a James Moody T-shirt during a recent recording session in Brazil.

October 19, 2012 Many of Moody's former colleagues line up to play for "the most beloved jazz musician in the world."

Dizzy Gillespie in 1947.

April 6, 2012 The jazz legend scored a soundtrack and voiced the character Father Time for a short animated film.

James Moody

November 23, 2010 Millions of listeners know the music of James Moody, even if they don't know him by name.

Dizzy Gillespie, 1947

October 19, 2010 Dizzy Gillespie wasn't content to stick with music people could dance to.

Poncho Sanchez

February 22, 2010 Hear five Latin versions of songs written by jazz musicians, featuring Poncho Sanchez and more.

A collage of records.

April 30, 2009 Years ago, a record-store clerk gave Tom Cole a vital tutorial, in the form of these five albums.

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Hiromi Uehara.

December 30, 2008 Hear a preview of NPR's New Year's Eve "Toast of the Nation" bash with jazz from across the country.

Joao Gilberto was one of the key bossa nova pioneers.

June 2, 2008 Here are five songs from the magical era when the gentle sound of Brazil hypnotized the world.

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Roy and Diz

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