- Faith: Other
- Career: Musician
- Birthday: October 21, 1917
- Accomplishments: Musician
- Fun Faith Fact!: Converted to Baha'i as an adult
From the breath he held in his cheeks while he played his trumpet to the upswept horn he played, the late Dizzy Gillespie was a unique character and talent in jazz music. The youngest of nine children born in South Carolina, John Birks Gillespie followed in his father’s footsteps as a musician, first learning piano then the trumpet. Gillespie was known for popularizing bebop, an up-tempo form of jazz that thrived on creativity and improvisation. He remained a popular figure and jazz and popular culture, even appearing as himself on The Cosby Show.