“Dizzy” Gillespie – Bebop Jazz Pioneer with a Bent Trumpet

DIZZY GILLESPIE  Imagez: en.wikipedia.org

Imagez: en.wikipedia.org


As head of Belchertown, MA-based Transitioning Forward, Allen Fitzsimmons provides clients with tailored services that enable them to sell estate assets at optimal prices. Currently learning to play guitar, Allen Fitzsimmons has played the jazz trumpet for more than 20 years.

One of the most unique players of the bop era is “Dizzy” Gillespie, who came up in the music world playing with Cab Calloway’s Big Band at Harlem venues such as the Cotton Club. He became interested in Latin tonalities and rhythms through interaction with a Cuban trumpeter and pioneered these within a bebop setting through such tunes as “A Night in Tunisia.” By the mid-1940s, Gillespie was collaborating with the likes of Charlie Parker and creating a unique small-band bebop sound that featured blistering compositions such as “Salt Peanuts” and “Hot House.”

In the early 1950s, Gillespie, now leading big bands across the country, began playing his famous bent trumpet. This came about through an accident in which someone sat on a trumpet set on the stage with the bell facing down. Gillespie found that the sound projected better to the back of the room and continued to play trumpets with the bell bent at a 45 degree angle for the rest of his career. Gillespie’s iconic “Silver Bell” now sits in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.


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