Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie

Born Oct 21, 1917
  • Singer, Musician, Composer, Bandleader, Film Score Composer, Voice Actor, Actor
John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer. Allmusic's Scott Yanow wrote, "Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries ende...

Dizzy Gillespie Stats


: Dizzie Gillespie, Dizzy, John Birks Gillespie, DG, Dizzy Gillespie & John Burks


: Singer, Musician, Composer, Bandleader, Film Score Composer, Voice Actor, Actor


: African American


: United States of America

Date of Birth

: Oct 21, 1917 - Jan 6, 1993 (75 years old)

Place of Birth

: Cheraw

Date of Death

: Jan 6, 1993

Place of Death

: Englewood

Cause of Death

: Pancreatic cancer

Dizzy Gillespie Film Roles

  1. The Cosmic Eye
  2. The Hole
  3. Jivin' in Be-Bop
  4. Jeanie Bryson: Live at Warsaw Jazz Festival
  5. The Last of the Blue Devils
  6. Masters of American Music: Count Basie: Swingin' the Blues
  7. Louis Armstrong: Good Evening Ev'rybody
  8. Jazz Icons: Dizzy Gillespie: Live in '58 & '70
  9. Dizzy Gillespie: A Night in Chicago
  10. A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba

Dizzy Gillespie Film Appearances

  1. Art Blakey: The Jazz Messenger
  2. A Great Day in Harlem
  3. The Harlem Renaissance
  4. Lullaby of Harlem
  5. Oscar Peterson: Music in the Key of Oscar
  6. Roots of Rhythm
  7. This Joint Is Jumpin'
    This Joint Is Jumpin'
  8. The Last of the Blue Devils
  9. Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog
  10. Billy Eckstine Sings Dizzy Gillespie Swings

Dizzy Gillespie TV Guest Roles

  1. 13th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
  2. Play It Again, Vanessa
    Play It Again, Vanessa
  3. Dizzy Gillespie
  4. scheduled: Dizzy Gillespie; Rowan & Martin; McGuire Sisters; Eileen Farrell

Dizzy Gillespie TV Appearances

  1. The Timex All-star Swing Festival

Dizzy Gillespie Albums

  1. "Diz"
  2. 'S Wonderful
  3. 1940 - 1941
  4. 1953-02-05 Paris, France
  5. A Musical Safari
  6. A Portrait of Duke Ellington
  7. Absolutely the Best Dizzy Gillespie
  8. Afro
  9. Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods
  10. All Star Sessions: Three Classic Albums Plus

Dizzy Gillespie Books

  1. Career 1937-1992:
  2. Vol. 9 - Dizzy Gillespie
  3. Dizzy
  4. To be, or not-- to bop
  5. Dizzy Gillespie / A Jazz Master
  6. Dizzy: To be or not to bop
  7. To Be or Not to Bop