Dizzy Gillespie and Marian McPartland

Jul 18, 2018

Dizzy Gillespie (1917–1993) was a true musical innovator. Gillespie not only revolutionized 1940s jazz by becoming one of the first inventors of bebop, but he also helped introduce the Afro-Cuban jazz movement through his love of Latin music. With his puffed cheeks and bent trumpet, he is one of the most recognizable faces in the music world. On this Piano Jazz from 1985, the Cheraw, SC native tells McPartland about his induction into the South Carolina Hall of Fame, and the two collaborate on Gillespie’s standard “Night in Tunisia.”

Artist site: http://dizzygillespie.org/

On NPR: https://www.npr.org/2008/07/25/92911900/the-legendary-dizzy-gillespie-on-piano-jazz