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Dizzy Gillespie

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Dizzy Gillespie’s contributions to jazz were large. One of the biggest jazz trumpeters ever (some would state the very best), Gillespie was this type of complex participant that his contemporaries finished up copying Kilometers Davis and Fat Navarro rather, and it had been not really until Jon Faddis’ introduction in the 1970s that Dizzy’s design was effectively recreated. In some way, Gillespie will make any “incorrect” note match, and harmonically he was before everyone within the 1940s, including Charlie Parker. Unlike Parrot, Dizzy was a keen teacher who published down his musical improvements and was wanting to clarify them to another era, therefore insuring that bebop would ultimately become the basis of jazz. Dizzy Gillespie was also among the important founders of Afro-Cuban (or Latin) jazz, adding Chano Pozo’s conga to his orchestra in 1947, and making use of complex poly-rhythms in early stages. The first choice of two of the best possible big rings in jazz background, Gillespie differed from many within the bop era when you are a masterful showman who will make his music appear both available and fun towards the audience. Along with his puffed-out cheeks, bent trumpet (which happened unintentionally in the first ’50s whenever a dancer tripped over his horn), and quick wit, Dizzy was a vibrant figure to view. An all natural comedian, Gillespie was also an excellent scat vocalist and occasionally performed Latin percussion for the fun of it, nonetheless it was his trumpet playing and management abilities that produced him right into a jazz large. The youngest of nine kids, John Birks Gillespie trained himself trombone and turned to trumpet when he was 12. He was raised in poverty, earned a scholarship for an agricultural college (Laurinburg Institute in NEW YORK), and in 1935 lowered out of college to consider are a musician. Motivated and initially significantly affected by Roy Eldridge, Gillespie (who quickly obtained the nickname of “Dizzy”) became a member of Frankie Fairfax’s music group in Philadelphia. In 1937, he joined up with Teddy Hill’s orchestra in an area formerly packed by Eldridge. Dizzy produced his saving debut on Hill’s rendition of “Ruler Porter Stomp” and during his short time with the music group toured European countries. After freelancing for any year, Gillespie became a member of Cab Calloway’s orchestra (1939-1941), documenting frequently with the favorite bandleader and acquiring many brief solos that track his advancement; “Pickin’ the Cabbage” discovers Dizzy beginning to emerge from Eldridge’s darkness. However, Calloway didn’t look after Gillespie’s continuous chance-taking, phoning his solos “Chinese language music.” After an event in 1941 whenever a spitball was mischievously tossed at Calloway (he accused Gillespie however the culprit was in fact Jonah Jones), Dizzy was terminated. At that time, Gillespie had currently fulfilled Charlie Parker, who verified the validity of his musical search. During 1941-1943, Dizzy exceeded through many rings including those led by Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, Charlie Barnet, Fess Williams, Les Hite, Claude Hopkins, Lucky Millinder (with whom he documented in 1942), and also Duke Ellington (for a month). Gillespie also added several advanced plans to such rings as Benny Carter, Jimmy Dorsey, and Woody Herman; the latter recommended him to stop his trumpet playing and adhere to full-time organizing. Dizzy overlooked the guidance, jammed at Minton’s Playhouse and Monroe’s Uptown Home where he used his new concepts, and in later 1942 became a member of Earl Hines’ big music group. Charlie Parker was employed on tenor as well as the unfortunately unrecorded orchestra was the initial orchestra to explore early bebop. At that time, Gillespie got his style jointly and he had written his most well-known composition “A Evening in Tunisia.” When Hines’ vocalist Billy Eckstine continued his very own and formed a fresh bop big music group, Diz and Parrot (alongside Sarah Vaughan) had been among the people. Gillespie stayed lengthy more than enough to record several amounts with Eckstine in 1944 (most noticeably “Opus X” and “Blowing the Blues Apart”). That season he also participated in a set of Coleman Hawkins-led periods that are frequently regarded as the very first full-fledged bebop schedules, highlighted by Dizzy’s structure “Woody’n You.” 1945 was the discovery 12 months. Dizzy Gillespie, who experienced led earlier rings on 52nd Road, finally teamed up with Charlie Parker on information. Their recordings of such figures as “Sodium Peanuts,” “‘Shaw Nuff,” “Groovin’ Large,” and “Warm House” confused golf swing fans who experienced never noticed the advanced music since it was growing; and Dizzy’s rendition of “I CANNOT BEGIN” totally reworked the previous Bunny Berigan strike. It would consider 2 yrs for the frequently frantic but eventually logical new design to start getting on because the mainstream of jazz. Gillespie led an unsuccessful big music group in 1945 (a Southern tour completed it), and past due in the entire year he journeyed with Parker towards the Western world Coast to try out an extended gig at Billy Berg’s membership in L.A. Sadly, the audiences weren’t enthusiastic (apart from local music artists) and Dizzy (without Parker) shortly returned to NY. The following season, Dizzy Gillespie come up with an effective and important orchestra which survived for pretty much four unforgettable years. “Manteca” became a typical, the thrilling “What to Arrive” was futuristic, and “Cubana End up being/Cubana Bop” highlighted Chano Pozo. With such sidemen because the upcoming original associates of the present day Jazz Quartet (Milt Jackson, John Lewis, Ray Dark brown, and Kenny Clarke), Adam Moody, J.J. Johnson, Yusef Lateef, and also a John Coltrane, Gillespie’s big music group was a mating ground for the brand new music. Dizzy’s beret, goatee, and “bop eyeglasses” helped make him symbolic from the music and its own most popular body. During 1948-1949, just about any former swing music group was endeavoring to play bop, as well as for a limited period the main record companies attempted very hard to carefully turn the music right into a trend. By 1950, the trend had finished and Gillespie was compelled, due to financial pressures, to split up his groundbreaking orchestra. He previously occasional (and often interesting) reunions with Charlie Parker (including a fabled Massey Hall concert in 1953) until Bird’s loss of life in 1955, toured with Jazz on the Philharmonic (where he previously possibilities to “fight” the combative Roy Eldridge), going all-star recording classes (using Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, and Sonny Stitt on some times), and led combos that for a while in 1951 also presented Coltrane and Milt Jackson. In 1956, Gillespie was certified to form a large music group and play a tour abroad sponsored from the State Department. It had been so effective that more touring followed, including considerable tours towards the Near East, European countries, and SOUTH USA, and the music group survived as much as 1958. One of the youthful sidemen had been Lee Morgan, Joe Gordon, Melba Liston, Al Gray, Billy Mitchell, Benny Golson, Ernie Henry, and Wynton Kelly; Quincy Jones (alongside Golson and Liston) added a number of the plans. Following the orchestra split up, Gillespie returned to leading little groups, offering such sidemen in the 1960s as Junior Mance, Leo Wright, Lalo Schifrin, Wayne Moody, and Kenny Barron. He maintained his popularity, sometimes headed specially put together big rings, and was a fixture at jazz celebrations. In the first ’70s, Gillespie toured using the Giants of Jazz and around that point his trumpet playing begun to fade, a continuous decline that could make the majority of his ’80s function quite erratic. Nevertheless, Dizzy remained a global traveler, an motivation and instructor to youthful players, and during his last year or two he was the first choice from the United Country Orchestra (offering Paquito D’Rivera and Arturo Sandoval). He was energetic until early 1992. Dizzy Gillespie’s profession was perfectly noted from 1945 on, especially on Musicraft, Dial, and RCA within the 1940s; Verve in the 1950s; Philips and Limelight in the 1960s; and Pablo in old age.

Quick Facts


Full Name Dizzy Gillespie
Date Of Birth October 21, 1917
Died January 6, 1993, Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Profession Voice Actor, Singer-songwriter, Film Score Composer, Bandleader
Education Laurinburg Institute
Nationality American
Spouse Lorraine Willis
Children Jeanie Bryson
Parents Lottie Gillespie, James Gillespie
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo, Porin Award for Best Foreign Jazz Music Album
Music Songs A Night In Tunisia, Salt Peanuts, Manteca Theme, Tin Tin Deo, Con Alma, Algo Bueno, Hot House, On the Sunny Side of the Street, Groovin' High, Shaw Nuff, I Can't Get Started, 52nd Street Theme, Melancholy Baby, Birk's Works, Good Bait, Lover, Come Back to Me, Anthropology, Blues After Dark, Blue 'N' Boogie, Cubana Bop, Cubana Be-Cubana Bop, Dizzy Atmosphere, The Champ, One Bass Hit, In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee, Two Bass Hit, Oop Bop Sh' Bam, Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac, Umbrella Man, Something in Your Smile, I Remember Clifford, N'Bani
Albums Bird and Diz, Sonny Side Up, Afro, For Musicians Only, Have Trumpet, Will Excite!, Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie, Portrait of Jenny, Dizzy Gillespie and the Double Six of Paris, World Statesman, To a Finland Station, Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods, Jambo Caribe, The Winter in Lisbon, Dizzy in Greece, Bahiana, Dizzy Gillespie at Newport, The Alternate Blues, Dizzy Gillespie's Big 4, The Greatest Trumpet of Them All, Dizzy on the French Riviera, Duets, To Bird with Love, Free Ride, Dizzy Gillespie Meets Phil Woods Quintet, The Trumpet Summit Meets the Oscar Peterson Big 4, The Trumpet Kings Meet Joe Turner, An Electrifying Evening with the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, New Wave, To Diz with Love, Closer to the Source, The Bop Session, The Dizzy Gillespie Reunion Big Band, Dizzy's Party, Dizzy and Strings, Jazz Recital, Carter, Gillespie Inc., Perceptions, The Giant, Carnegie Hall Concert, Digital at Montreux, 1980, The Real Thing, Cornucopia, Dizzy Gillespie And Friends, Top Jazz, Bird Songs, Live in Paris & Copenhagen 1974, Jazz Classics Series: The Fabulous Dizzy Gillespie Pleyel Jazz Concert 1948 (Live), Dizzy Goes To College, Complete Jazz Series 1951 - 1952, Dizzy Atmosphere (Mono Version)
Movies A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba, A Great Day in Harlem, The Cosmic Eye, The Last of the Blue Devils, The Cool World, The Hole, Voyage to Next, Date with Dizzy, My Universe Inside Out, Dizzy Gillespie: Live in Montreal, Louis Armstrong: Good Evening Ev'rybody, Dizzy Gillespie: A Night in Chicago, Norman Granz: Improvisation, Jazz Icons: Dizzy Gillespie: Live in '58 & '70, The Hat, Jeanie Bryson: Live at Warsaw Jazz Festival, Dizzy Gillespie: Summer Jazz: Live at New Jersey 1987, Winter in Lisbon, Masters of American Music: Count Basie: Swingin' the Blues


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#Fact
1 He was inducted into the 2014 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Arts and Entertainment Category.
2 He was nominated for a 2013 New Jersey Hall of Fame for Arts and Entertainment.
3 He was nominated for the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his contributions to Arts and Entertainment.
4 Had played the trumpet solo on "Do I Do" from Stevie Wonder's compilation album "Musiquarium" (1982).
5 When playing, Dizzie Gillespie's cheeks would expand to extraordinary size, ballooning out far more than the average horn players do. This feature is so pronounced that there is now a medical condition named after this anomaly. Because he was the first, for all practical purposes, to have demonstrated this condition, and because since its recognition by the medical community there have been others who now exhibit similar symptoms, this condition has been officially named "Gillespie's Pouches".
6 He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 20, 1995.
7 He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1989 by the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C.
8 He joined the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1957.
9 Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1982.
10 He was awarded the Polar Music Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award, in 1993.
11 Jazz trumpeter, the driving force behind bebop with Charlie Parker.
12 Following his death, he was interred at Flushing Cemetery in Flushing, Queens, New York.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Our Brand Is Crisis 2015 writer: "Soul Sauce GUarachi Guaro"
Sasha I Love You 2014 Short writer: "A night in Tunisia"
Small Time 2014 writer: "Soul Sauce"
Half of a Yellow Sun 2013 writer: "A Night in Tunisia" - as Gillespie
On the Road 2012 performer: "Salt Peanuts" / writer: "Salt Peanuts"
W.E. 2011 performer: "Manteca" / writer: "Manteca"
L.A. Noire 2011 Video Game as John Gillespie, "Manteca" / performer: "Manteca", "Oop Pop A Da"
Chico & Rita 2010 performer: "Manteca" - as Dizzie Gillespie & His Orchestra / writer: "Manteca"
So You Think You Can Dance TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Howl 2010 performer: "Lady Be Good"
More Than a Game 2008 Documentary performer: "Manteca [The Funky Lowlives Remix]" / writer: "Manteca [The Funky Lowlives Remix]"
Two Lovers 2008 writer: "Kush" 1961
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Video Game performer: "Whisper Not Big Band"
So You Think You Can Dance Australia 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Paris 2008/I performer: "Be bop" / writer: "Be bop"
The West Wing 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Independent Lens TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
Peter Cincotti: Live in New York 2005 Video documentary writer: "A Night In Tunisia"
Ray 2004/I writer: "Emanon" - as John 'Dizzy' Gillespie
American Splendor 2003 performer: "Stardust" 1929, "Lady Be Good" 1924
Boycott 2001 TV Movie performer: "Swing Low Sweet Cadillac" / writer: "Swing Low Sweet Cadillac"
Burnt Money 2000 performer: "Vida mía"
The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 performer: "THE CHAMP" / writer: "THE CHAMP"
The Woman Chaser 1999 performer: "Manteca" / writer: "Manteca" - as John Dizzy Gillespie
Fifty 1999 Documentary performer: "Ool Ya Koo"
Digging to China 1997 writer: "Soul Sauce" - as D. Gillespie
Dream with the Fishes 1997 writer: "Soul Sauce" - as John Gillespie
The Last Time I Committed Suicide 1997 performer: "Shaw 'Nuff'", "Groovin' High" / writer: "Shaw 'Nuff'", "Groovin' High"
The Cable Guy 1996 performer: "Salt Peanuts" / writer: "Salt Peanuts" - as John 'Dizzy' Gillespie
Fallen Angels 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Baseball 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Bara du & jag 1994 writer: "A Night in Tunisia"
When Pigs Fly 1993 writer: "NIGHT IN TUNISIA" - as John 'Dizzy' Gillespie
Mac 1992 performer: "MANTECA" / writer: "MANTECA"
Let's Get Lost 1988 Documentary "A Night in Tunisia"
The Big Score 1983 performer: "Ice Tea"
A Family Circus Easter 1982 TV Movie performer: "Now You See It... Now You Don't"
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1976 writer - 1 episode, 1976
Shindig! 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Timex All-Star Jazz Show 1959 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Les tricheurs 1958 writer: "Mic's Jump"
Stage Entrance 1952 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Coqueta 1949 writer: "Be-Bop" - as Dizzy Guillespie
Jivin' in Be-Bop 1946 Documentary performer: "Salt Peanuts", "Oop-Bop Sh-Bam", "Dizzy's Untitled Original", "Shaw 'nuff", "I Waited for You", "A Night in Tunisia", "Crazy About a Man", "One Bass Hit", "Boogie in C", "Dynamo A", "Ornithology", "He Beeped When He Should Have Bopped", "Droppin' a Square", "Things to Come", "Ray's Idea", "Bag's Boogie" - uncredited / writer: "Salt Peanuts", "Oop-Bop Sh-Bam", "Dizzy's Untitled Original", "Shaw 'nuff", "I Waited for You", "A Night in Tunisia", "One Bass Hit", "Dynamo A", "

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tribeca 1993 TV Series Watch Sargeant
El invierno en Lisboa 1991 Bill Swann
Amazonia 1990 Short voice
The Cosmic Eye 1986 The Musicians / Father Time
The Cosby Show 1984 TV Series Mr. Hampton
A Family Circus Easter 1982 TV Movie Easter Bunny (voice)
Voyage to Next 1974 Short Father Time (voice)
Jazz Is Our Religion 1972 voice
The Hat 1964 Short voice
The Cool World 1963
The Hole 1962 Short voice

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fifty 1999 Documentary musician: trumpet solo, "Ool Ya Koo"
El invierno en Lisboa 1991 musician: trumpet solo
Amazonia 1990 Short musician: trumpet
Hello 1984 Short musician: soloist
Everybody Rides the Carousel 1975 musician: trumpet solo
Voyage to Next 1974 Short conductor
Les tricheurs 1958 musician
Murder with Music 1941 composer: songs "Geeshee", "Too Late Baby", "Hello Happiness" and "Running Around"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Voyage to Next 1974 Short
It Don't Mean a Thing 1967 Short
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1966 TV Series 1 episode
The Hat 1964 Short
Date with Dizzy 1958 Short
Number 4: Manteca 1947 Short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bird 1988 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jazz de Cuba 2004 Documentary
Improvisation 2004 Himself
The Spitball Story 1997 Documentary short Himself
Oscar Peterson: Music in the Key of Oscar 1995 Video Himself
Masters of American Music 1995 TV Mini-Series Himself
A Great Day in Harlem 1994 Documentary Himself
Movie Music Man: A Portrait of Lalo Schifrin 1993 TV Movie documentary Musician, Trumpet
Great Performances 1986-1993 TV Series Himself
Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story 1992 Documentary Himself
Dizzy Goes East 1992 Documentary Himself
Futures 1991 TV Series Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1991 TV Series Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1991 TV Series Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1990 TV Special Himself - Honoree
Grammy Legends 1990 TV Special Himself
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones 1990 Documentary Himself
American Tribute to Vaclav Havel and a Celebration of Democracy in Czechoslovakia 1990 TV Movie Himself
Benny Carter: Symphony in Riffs 1989 Documentary Himself
Trumpetistically, Clora Bryant 1989 Video short Himself
Omnibus 1989 TV Series documentary
The Ghost of Faffner Hall 1989 TV Series Himself
American Masters 1989 TV Series documentary Himself
The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1989 TV Special Himself
Songs Unwritten: A Tap Dancer Remembered 1989 Video documentary Himself
Art Blakey: The Jazz Messenger 1988 Documentary Himself
Frank's Place 1988 TV Series Himself
A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba 1988 Documentary Himself
Sunday Night 1988 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1970-1986 TV Series Himself
The 28th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 TV Special Himself
Arena 1985 TV Series documentary Himself
Harry Belafonte in Concert 1985 TV Special Himself
Olympic Gala 1984 TV Special documentary The Olympic Jazz All Stars
Roots of Rhythm 1984 TV Series Himself
Música Para Sempre 1980 Documentary Himself
From Jump Street: The Story of Black Music 1980 TV Series Himself
3-2-1 Contact 1980 TV Series Himself
The Muppet Show 1980 TV Series Himself - Special Guest Star
Big Band Bash 1978 TV Movie Himself
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
Dizzy Gillespie Helsingissä 1976 TV Movie Himself
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People 1976 TV Series Himself
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Himself
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Himself
Timex All-Star Swing Festival 1972 TV Special Himself
First Newport Jazz Festival: Belgrade 1971 1971 TV Special Himself - Trumpet
The Dick Cavett Show 1970-1971 TV Series Himself
Louis Armstrong: 1900 - 1971 1971 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Bill Cosby Special, or? 1971 TV Movie Himself
Music on 2 1970 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Della 1969 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Himself
Baff - Fast eine Sendung 1968 TV Series Himself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1968 TV Series Himself - Trumpeter
The Joey Bishop Show 1967 TV Series Himself
Dizzy Gillespie 1965 Documentary short Himself
Shindig! 1965 TV Series Himself - Trumpeter
The Mike Douglas Show 1962-1965 TV Series Himself - Musician / Himself / Themselves
ABC's Nightlife 1965 TV Series Himself
That Regis Philbin Show 1965 TV Series Himself
The Lively Ones 1962 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1961 TV Series Jazz Trumpeter
47 rue Vieille-du-Temple 1960 Documentary short Himself
Timex All-Star Jazz Show 1959 TV Series Himself
Date with Dizzy 1958 Short Himself
Person to Person 1956 TV Series documentary Himself
Music 55 1955 TV Series documentary Himself
Stage Entrance 1952 TV Series Himself
Harlem Dynamite 1949 Short Himself - Bandleader
Jivin' in Be-Bop 1946 Documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jazz Legends in Their Own Words 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Jazz 625 at the BBC 2014 TV Movie
The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America 2012 Documentary Himself
A Música Segundo Tom Jobim 2012 Documentary Himself
Io sono Tony Scott, ovvero come l'Italia fece fuori il più grande clarinettista del jazz 2010 Documentary Himself
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel 2009 Documentary Himself
Double Take 2009 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Tete Montoliu, una mirada 2007 Video Himself
Jazz Giants of the 20th Century 2007 Video documentary Himself
Play Your Own Thing: A Story of Jazz in Europe 2006 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
E! True Hollywood Story 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Mamy Scopitone - L'âge d'or du clip 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Billy Eckstine Sings and Dizzy Gillespie Swings 2004 Video documentary Himself
Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photography of Milt Hinton 2003 Documentary Himself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Miles Davis Story 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Playboy: The Party Continues 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
I'll Make Me a World 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation 1999 Documentary Himself
Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years 1998 Video documentary Himself
A Celebration of America's Music 1998 TV Special Himself
The Fifties 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself (with his band, 1949) (uncredited)
My Universe Inside Out 1996 Short
Great Performances 1994 TV Series Himself
American Masters 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame 1993 TV Special documentary Himself
Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time 1992 Documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Himself
Smoothie 1992 Documentary Himself
What Happened to Kerouac? 1986 Documentary Himself
The Last of the Blue Devils 1979 Documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded on October 20, 1995 at 7057 Hollywood Blvd.


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#Quote
1 [on Charlie Parker]: He was the other half of my heartbeat.
2 "Kush" is a number we wrote on our recent trip to Africa, where we were busy making apologies for the [U.S.] State Department. (humorous and sarcastic statement about U.S. policy regarding Africa during the peak of the African Independence Movement, the early 1960s)
3 We have to play a benefit tonight for the B'nai Brith and the NAACP. It's sponsored by the John Birch Society, the Ku Klux Klan, the Catholic Youth Organization and the YMCA and it's being held in the Greyhound Bus Station at Jackson, Mississippi. (humorous and sarcastic statement made in the early 1960s during C.O.R.E.'s attempts to desegregate interstate travel)

#Trademark
1 Ballooning cheeks as he played
2 45 degree slant on his trumpet

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