Produced on October 21, 1917, in Cheraw, South Carolina, Dizzy Gillespie, known for his “bloated” cheeks and signature (distinctively angled) trumpet’s bell, got his start in the mid-1930s by working in leading swing groups, including those of Benny Carter and Charlie Barnet. Gillespie died in New Jersey in 1993. Now, he’s regarded as among the very powerful figures of jazz and bebop.He’d go on to become among the very recognizable faces of jazz music, with his “bloated” cheeks and touch (distinctively angled) trumpet’s bell, along with among the very powerful figures of jazz and bebop.
When he was 18 years old, Gillespie moved along with his family to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He joined the Frankie Fairfax Orchestra not long after, and after that relocated to Nyc, where he performed with Teddy Hill and Edgar Hayes in the late 1930s. Gillespie went to join Cab Calloway’s band in 1939, with whom he recorded “Pickin’ the Cabbage”—one of Gillespie’s first compositions, and seen by some in the jazz world as his first effort to bring a Latin sway into his work.