Dizzy Gillespie

One of the most important figures in modern jazz, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie helped to create bebop, a hard, intense and fluid style of playing that came to dominate the genre in the decades that followed. He was also ... Read more »
Born: 10/21/1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (36)

A Vote For Dizzy 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Great Day in Harlem 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Wolf Trap Presents a World of Performance 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Miles Davis: A Tribute 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Math... Who Needs It?! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Winter in Lisbon 1992 (Movie)

Bill Swann (Actor)

Grammy Legends Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Why Havel? 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jim Henson's Ghost of Faffner Hall 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Jumpin' Jive 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Listen Up 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Night in Havana 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Art Blakey: The Jazz Messenger 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Jacksonville Jazz Festival VIII 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Jazz Session -- Sass & Brass 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Miles Ahead: The Music of Miles Davis 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Bird Now 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 28th Annual Grammy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

Musica 1984 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Cosby Show 1984 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Cosmic Eye 1984 (Movie)

(Voice)

All-Star Swing Festival 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Band and All That Jazz 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bill Cosby Special, Or? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Jivin' in Be-Bop 1945 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Music (34)

Our Brand Is Crisis 2015 (Movie)

("Soul Sauce (Guarachi Guaro)") (Song)

More Than a Game 2009 (Movie)

("Manteca (The Funky Lowlives Remix)") (Song Performer)

More Than a Game 2009 (Movie)

("Manteca (The Funky Lowlives Remix)") (Song)

Two Lovers 2009 (Movie)

("Kush") (Song)

Ray 2004 (Movie)

("Emanon") (Song)

American Splendor 2003 (Movie)

("Lady Be Good") (Song Performer)

Les Freres Soeur 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Roger Williams: Pop Goes the Ivories 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song

The Source 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

("The Champ") (Performer)

The Cable Guy 1996 (Movie)

("Salt Peanuts") (Song)

The Cable Guy 1996 (Movie)

("Salt Peanuts") (Song Performer)

The New World 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

The Winter in Lisbon 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Alice 1990 (Movie)

("Breezin' Along With the Breeze") (Song)

Jumpin' Jive 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Best of Cinemax Sessions 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

A Night in Havana 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

A Night in Havana 1989 (Movie)

("A Night in Tunisia" "Cubana Bop") (Performer)

Let's Get Lost 1989 (Movie)

("A Night in Tunisia") (Song)

To Magiko Yiali 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

A Christmas at Pops 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Song

Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

The Cosmic Eye 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

What Happened to Kerouac? 1984 (Movie)

("Hot House") (Performer)

A Christmas Story 1983 (Movie)

("Santa Claus Is Coming To Town") (Song)

Deal of the Century 1983 (Movie)

("Santa Claus Is Coming to Town") (Song)

F.I.S.T. 1978 (Movie)

("Santa Claus Is Coming to Town") (Song)

The Last of the Blue Devils 1978 (Movie)

("Hot House") (Song)

Boycott (TV Show)

Song
Other (1)

Bird 1988 (Movie)

(Consultant)

Biography

One of the most important figures in modern jazz, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie helped to create bebop, a hard, intense and fluid style of playing that came to dominate the genre in the decades that followed. He was also largely responsible for the introduction of Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms into traditional jazz, which would give rise to a genre in its own right. Gillespie was also one of the most beloved performers in the business, an impish, playful presence whose bent trumpet and billowing cheeks brought delight to young children, bohemians in training and seasoned jazz fans alike. But it was his music, which emphasized improvisation and complexity over repetition and conformity that remained his greatest gift to jazz and world culture in general. Without him, such players as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk might not have been inspired to strike out on their own musical paths of freedom and exploration, which in turn, would strike a chord in the hearts of players from all genres - from rock-n-roll to classical to electronic music. Dizzy Gillespie was one of a select number of hands that opened the door to modern music, and in his own way, contributed to the formation of popular modern culture.

Milestones

Known for such albums as "At Newport"

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