Gillespie’s Element of Jazz

A New Jazz Flare

Jazz has created many different jazz styles since 1910 in New Orleans. Dizzy Gillespie has taken styles and studied to make a new sound. How has Dizzy Gillespie added a layer to the jazz flavor?

The Birth of Jazz

Migration of Jazz

– Jazz was birthed in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the 1920s. The genre of jazz came from the branches of blues and ragtime.

– Jazz is a tone of music using instruments to outline a particular sound or style of music 

– Jazz has different styles, includes: New Orleans Jazz, Swing Jazz, Bebop, Gyspy Jazz, Cool Jazz, and Modal Jazz

– Jelly Roll Morton, who had been rooted in ragtime, became one of the first Jazz music arrangers.

-The migration of jazz came from different places. One began the Great Migration, where thousands of African Americans began to move around, spreading different music styles across the states. 

-Another example is James Jesse Europe; he was a soldier that can create a band during World War 1 called the Hellfighters. 

– The band would play for the different soldiers and spread the genre of jazz to the French and English Soldiers. Jazz became worldwide.

Early Jazz Records

A New Sound in the Jazz Element aka Dizzy Gillespie


A Road to Fame

Impact of Gillespie

-John Birks Gillespie “aka” Dizzy, was born on October 21, 1917. 

– Born in Cheraw, South Carolina 

-He was active in the years of 1953-to 1993.

He started to play the piano at the age of four. 

– He grew up listening to David  Roy Eldridge in the style of the swing era.

Gillespie’s first professional job first striated in the orchestras of Frank Fairfax.

– He then later joined Edgar Haynes and Teddy Hill. In Teddy Hill, Dizzy made his first recording of “King Porter Stomp.”

 –Gillespie started writing big bands for Woody Herman, Jimmy Dorsey, and other bands.


Gillespie was famous for his trumpet; building on the style of Roy Eldridge, he began to develop the style of Bebop. Bebop was known as the first modern jazz. Gillespie Composed pieces such as “Groovin’ High” that held a different sound harmonically and rhythmically. On June 22, 1945, He presented Bebop to a broad audience. Later he started Dizzy Gillespie and Bebop six. As he worked with more significant artists, he began to impose his bebop style on the world, where he appeared in concerts, different movies, and shows.

Gillespie's Bebop

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