Innovator of bebop and Afro-Cuban jazz.
"He was the maker of two important revolutions in jazz. The first one was bebop and the second one was the Afro-Cuban revolution."
Donald Maggin, Author, "Dizzy: The Life and Times of John Birks Gillespie"
Dizzy put himself forward as a write-in candidate for the 1964 presidential election. His proposed cabinet included Duke Ellington (Secretary of State), Miles Davis (Director of the CIA), Ray Charles (Librarian of Congress), and Malcolm X (Attorney General).
He pushed the boundaries of jazz.
The Divine One.
The big bands get smaller and grittier.
Jazz music moves off the dance floor.
The biggest musical phenomenon of the 20th century.
Urban-born rich vocal harmonies combined with teen romance.