Today is famous jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie’s birthday, and in honor of the legend, Google is paying tribute to him in the form of a Google Doodle. The turquoise, blue, green and gold Google Doodle has a mosaic feel and depicts Dizzy Gillespie playing the trumpet.
He was born John Birks Gillespie in South Carolina and would have been 93 today. The jazz great passed away in Englewood, New Jersey on January 6, 1993 and accomplished so much in his life. As a composer, world-class trumpet player, bandleader and singer, Dizzy Gillespie was an inspiration to many.
“Dizzy Gillespie’s contributions to jazz were huge. Arguably Gillespie is remembered, by both critics and fans alike, as one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time. Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries ended up copying Miles Davis and Fats Navarro instead, and it was not until Jon Faddis’s emergence in the 1970s that Dizzy’s style was successfully recreated.”
In addition to being a world-class musician, Dizzy Gillespie gave back to his community. He acted as a mentor for young musicians on the jazz club-packed 52nd Street in New York including Max Roach and Miles Davis. He also joked about running for president in 1964 and said he’d rename the White House the Blues House and appoint a cabinet full of other jazz musicians.
Here Dizzy Gillespie is alongside Louis Armstrong with Umbrella Man:
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