Jazz History Lesson: Influence of Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie

The Influence of Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie on Bebop

Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie were two influential figures in the creation of bebop. New York City served as their fresh scene to showcase the new genre of jazz. 

The video above details how Charlie’s fast tempos and complex harmonies were seen as chaotic and new. It was difficult for some audiences to become accustomed to this new sound. 

Dizzy Gillespie formed a band and showed that bebop could be just as entertaining and danceable a swing. He also became a mentor and the public face of bebop because he loved to share everything that he knew. Dizzy also broke many conventional rules in jazz. He hired a woman trombonist and a Cuban conga player. This band helped revive the link between jazz and Caribbean rhythms which was prominent in the creation of New Orleans jazz. 

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