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  • 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.

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