Groovin' High: The Life of Dizzy Gillespie / Edition 1

Groovin' High: The Life of Dizzy Gillespie / Edition 1

by Alyn L. Shipton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195144104

ISBN-13: 9780195144109

Pub. Date: 07/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Dizzy Gillespie was one of the most important and best-loved musicians in jazz history. With his horn-rimmed glasses, goatee, jive talk, and upraised trumpet bell, he was the hipster who most personified bebop. The musical heir to Louis Armstrong, he created the modern jazz trumpet-playing style and dazzled aficionados and popular audiences alike for over 50 years.

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Dizzy Gillespie was one of the most important and best-loved musicians in jazz history. With his horn-rimmed glasses, goatee, jive talk, and upraised trumpet bell, he was the hipster who most personified bebop. The musical heir to Louis Armstrong, he created the modern jazz trumpet-playing style and dazzled aficionados and popular audiences alike for over 50 years.

In this first full biography, Alyn Shipton covers all aspects of Dizzy's remarkable life and career, taking us through his days as a flashy trumpet player in the swing bands of the 1930s, his innovative bebop work in the 1940s, the worldwide fame and adoration he earned through his big band tours in the 1950s, and the many recordings and performances which defined a career that extended into the early 1990s. Along the way, Shipton convincingly argues that Gillespie—rather than Charlie Parker as is widely believed—had the greatest role in creating bebop, playing in key jazz groups, teaching the music to others, and helping to develop the first original bebop repertory. Shipton also explores the dark side of Dizzy's mostly sunny personal life, his womanizing, the illegitimate daughter he fathered and supported—now a respected jazz singer in her own right—and his sometimes needless cruelty to others.

For anyone interested in jazz and one of its most innovative and appealing figures, Groovin' High is essential reading.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195144109
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1 The Boy from Cheraw3
2 Philadelphia and the First Bands21
3 Teddy Hill and Edgar Hayes33
4 The First Records50
5 Cab Calloway and the Dawn of Bebop57
6 The Calloway Recordings76
7 Horn for Hire87
8 From Earl Hines to 52nd Street107
9 Billy Eckstine128
10 Bird, Big Band, and Berg's140
11 1945-The Records158
12 The Big Band, 1946-50179
13 The Big Band Records211
14 Dee Gee, Paris, and Massey Hall229
15 International Soloist253
16 The 1950s Big Bands275
17 Gillespiana293
18 Dizzy for President320
19 Giant of Jazz335
20 Old Man Time351
Notes365
Bibliography395
Index399

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