“I don’t care much about music. What I like is sounds.”
Sounds. Not just noise. Not even music so much. Sounds. What Dizzy Gillespie likes is sounds.
Born in 1917 in South Carolina, he began playing music at a very young age. He almost always wanted to be a jazz musician, and eventually he would recieve a music scholarship to attend the Laurinburg Institute but instead chose to pursue his career in music.
From the early parts in Dizzy Gillespie’s career he is mostly remembered for beboppin’ around with Charlie Parker. Gillespie’s early compositions are notable for featuring different rhythms and harmonies than were customary for the swing music at the time.
Dizzy Gillespie is also regarded as one of the forefathers of Afro-Cuban music.
Most people remember Gillespie for his upturned trumpet bell and his massive puffy cheeks that essentially turned his head into a bagpipe. Legend has it some guy fell on his trumpet and he decided he liked the way it sounded while he was playing it better.