Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie

Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917 – 1993) at the Newport Jazz Festival, June 30, 1967. (AP Photo/Frank C. Curtin)

Dizzy Gillespie. The man had some cheeks! He is generally acknowledged to be the greatest jazz trumpeter of all time. He began playing professionally in the 1930s, and worked with bands led by Cab Calloway, Earl Hines and others before headlining his own groups. You can read about his career in detail over at Wikipedia.

The Recordings

Get Happy

 record label Group: Red Norvo and his Selected Septet
Label: Comet Matrix Number: Comet (T7)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: June 6, 1945
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Personnel: Charlie Parker, alto sax; Slam Stewart, bass; J.C. Heard and Specs Powell, drums; Teddy Wilson, piano; Flip Phillips, tenor sax; Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet; Red Norvo, vibraphone.

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Congo Blues

 record label Group: Red Norvo and his Selected Sextet
Label: Comet Matrix Number: Comet (T7)
Record Type: Double sided 12 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: June 6, 1945
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Personnel: Charlie Parker, alto sax; Slam Stewart, bass; J.C. Heard and Specs Powell, drums; Teddy Wilson, piano; Flip Phillips, tenor sax; Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet; Red Norvo, vibraphone.

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That's Earl, Brother

 record label Group: Dizzy Gillespie and his Sextet
Label: Musicraft Matrix Number: Musicraft (383)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: May 15, 1946
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Personnel: Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet; Sonny Stitt, alto sax; Milt Jackson, vibraphone; Ray Brown, bass; Kenny Clark, drums; Al Haig, piano.

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Oop Bop Sh' Bam

 record label Group: Dizzy Gillespie and his Sextet
Label: Musicraft Matrix Number: Musicraft (383)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: May 15, 1946
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Personnel: Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet; Sonny Stitt, alto sax; Milt Jackson, vibraphone; Ray Brown, bass; Kenny Clark, drums; Al Haig, piano.

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Shaw 'Nuff

 record label Group: Dizzy Gillespie
Label: Guild Matrix Number: Guild (1002)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: May 11, 1945
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Personnel: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Sydney Catlett, Al Haig and Curly Russell.

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Salt Peanuts

 record label Group: Dizzy Gillespie
Label: Guild Matrix Number: Guild (1003)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: May 11, 1945
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Personnel: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Sydney Catlett, Al Haig and Curly Russell.

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Lover Man

 record label Group: Dizzy Gillespie
Label: Guild Matrix Number: Guild (1002)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: May 11, 1945
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Personnel: Charlie Parker, Sydney Catlett, Al Haig and Curly Russell. Vocals by Sarah Vaughn.

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Blue'N Boogie

 record label Group: Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra
Label: Guild Matrix Number: Guild (1001)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: February 9, 1945
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And his orchestra.

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Hot House

 record label Group: Dizzy Gillespie
Label: Guild Matrix Number: Guild (1003)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: May 11, 1945
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Personnel: Charlie Parker, Sydney Catlett, Al Haig and Curly Russell.

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Groovin' High

 record label Group: Dizzy Gillespie
Label: Guild Matrix Number: Guild (1001)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: February 9, 1945
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Personnel: Cozy Cole, Slam Stewart, Remo Palmieri, Clyde Hart, Charlie Parker, Remo Palmieri.

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Slam Slam Blues

Slam Slam Blues record label Group: Red Norvo and His Selected Sextet
Label: Comet Matrix Number: Comet (T6)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: 1945
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Personnel: Red Norvo, vibraphone; Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet; Charlie Parker and Flip Phillips, sax; Teddy Wilson, piano; J.C. Heard and Specs Powell, drums; Slam Stewart, bass.

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Hallelujah

Hallelujah record label Group: Red Norvo and His Selected Sextet
Label: Comet Matrix Number: Comet (T6)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: 1945
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From the 1920s musical “Hit the Deck.” Personnel: Red Norvo, vibraphone; Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet; Charlie Parker and Flip Phillips, sax; Teddy Wilson, piano; J.C. Heard and Specs Powell, drums; Slam Stewart, bass.

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Leap Here

Group: Metronome All Stars
Label: Capitol Matrix Number: Capitol (15039)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: 1947
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This disk is the result of a recording session with the 1947 readers poll winners. They were brought together in the Capitol Records studio to lay down two sides. The lineup includes Dizzy Gillespie, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Bill Harris, Buddy DeFranco, Flip Phillips, Billy Bauer, Eddie Safranski, & Buddy Rich. It’s a fantastic, energetic, lively, and fun recording. “Leap Here” was written by Cole. He is known primarily as a singer but his piano playing is masterful and he manages to show it all off here. Dizzy, of course, blasts his was through this piece joyfully. It’s unfair to single out any one player in this piece, they are all monsters on their instruments, but noteworthy is Bill Harris’ trombone. His is no staid scale exercise. Listen to how he plays with the instrument as he delves into his solo. Fun stuff!

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