In the jazz world Dizzy Gillespie is an icon.
He revolutionized it, infusing it with bebop – a type of jazz from the 1940s, notable for its complex harmony and rhythms, adding Afro-Cuban rhythms into the mix.
His pouchy cheeks and horn were his trademarks.
His performance skills were legendary, often engaging in clown-like antics while on stage, earning him the nickname – Dizzy.
The American jazz reviewer and historian, Scott Yanow, said:
“Gillespie is remembered, by both critics and fans alike, as one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time”