This Day in Black History: Oct. 21, 1917

This Day in Black History: Oct. 21, 1917

Dizzy Gillespie is born.

Published October 21, 2011

(Photo: William Gottlieb/Redferns)

Jazz trumpeter and composer Dizzy Gillespie was born in Cheraw, South Carolina. He would go on to play with a number of popular swing bands before developing his own signature style, bebop. 

Written by Britt Middleton

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