American Tribute to Vaclav Havel and a Celebration of Democracy in Czechoslovakia 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)
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.