Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie On The Birth of Bebop

Dizzy Gillespie is considered to be one of the greatest trumpeters of all time. He is credited, along with Charlie Parker, with creating Bebop and Modern Jazz. In this interview, Gillespie talks about how Bebop got his name, and explains why his trumpets are all bent at a seemingly bizarre angle, saying: “This has a sense of… this is about the closest you can get to yourself. This bell and your ear are on the same level.” Gillespie also talks about how the trumpet gets harder to play as time goes on, saying: “If you live to be a thousand years old, you would never master this boy.”

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