Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie (John Birks Gillespie) (gəlĕs´pē), 1917–93, American jazz musician and composer, b. Cheraw, S.C. He began to play the trumpet at 15 and later studied harmony and theory at Laurinburg Institute, N.C. He played with the bands of Cab Calloway and Billy Eckstine. Gillespie and Charlie "Bird" Parker are considered the leaders of the bop (or bebop) movement in modern jazz. Gillespie's playing was characterized by intelligent musicianship and technical facility.

See his autobiography, To Be or Not to Bop (1979); biographies by M. James (1961), B. McRae (1988), and A. Shipton (1999).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Dizzy Gillespie: Selected full-text books and articles

Groovin' High: The Life of Dizzy Gillespie By Alyn Shipton Oxford University Press, 1999
Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History By Robert Walser Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian's tip: Chap. 31 "The Cult of Bebop" by Dizzy Gillespie
Twentieth-Century Brass Soloists By Michael Meckna Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian's tip: "Gillespie, John Birks 'Dizzy'" begins on p. 105
Swing to Bop: An Oral History of the Transition in Jazz in the 1940s By Ira Gitler Oxford University Press, 1987
Librarian's tip: Includes discussion of Dizzy Gillespie in multiple chapters
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
What Is This Thing Called Jazz? African American Musicians as Artists, Critics, and Activists By Eric Porter University of California Press, 2002
Librarian's tip: Chap. 2 "'Dizzy Atmosphere': The Challenge of Bebop"
The History of Jazz By Ted Gioia Oxford University Press, 1997
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Dizzy Gillespie begins on p. 209
Jazz: A History By Frank Tirro W. W. Norton, 1993 (2nd edition)
Librarian's tip: Chap. 7 "Modern Jazz: The Bebop Revolution"
"Those White Guys Are Working for Me": Dizzy Gillespie, Jazz, and the Cultural Politics of the Cold War during the Eisenhower Administration By Carletta, David M International Social Science Review, Vol. 82, No. 3-4, Fall-Winter 2007
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
Looking for a topic idea? Use Questia's Topic Generator
Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.