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Dizzy Gillespie: From the Be to the Bop

  • Aired: 06/07/2017
  • 27:05
  • Expires: 12/31/1979
  • Rating: NR
Much of America's blues and jazz influences are deeply rooted in the rhythms and melodies of the rural South. One artist who has greatly contributed to these genres' continued popularity is South Carolina's own John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie. Noted as one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, Gillespie's complex style and compositions were difficult to copy.
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The unique story of his music is told from both a historical and contemporary perspective.
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