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Portrait of John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie
 

Dizzy Gillespie's Trumpet
early 1970s

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This custom-made "Silver Flair" trumpet belonged to renowned trumpeter, bandleader, and composer John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, a founder of the modern jazz style known as bebop. Renowned not only for his musical virtuosity but also for his impish good humor and wit, Gillespie played this trumpet from 1972 until the early 1980s. It has a uniquely shaped upturned bell, a design for which Gillespie was internationally known.

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Made by King Musical Instruments of Eastlake, OH
John Birks Gillespie, born October 21, 1917, Cheraw, SC; died January 6, 1993, Englewood, NJ
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