Groovin' High : The Life of Dizzy Gillespie
Declared a "national treasure" by the White House in 1990, John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie is not only considered a great musician but also a major innovator in the jazz world. While his first and foremost claim to fame is helping to create the style known as bebop, Gillespie also did much to establish the inclusion of Latin American elements in jazz and was partially responsible for the inception of both Afro-Cuban jazz and bossa nova. Covering Dizzy's days as a flashy trumpet player in the swing bands of the 1930s, the worldwide fame and adoration he earned through a State Department-backed tour of his big band in the 1950s, and the many recordings and performances which defined a career that ran up to the early 1990s, this book traces the path and progress of an extraordinary - and most exploratory - American musician.
- Hardback | 464 pages
- 157.48 x 233.68 x 33.02mm | 771.1g
- 02 Sep 1999
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
About Alyn Shipton
Alyn Shipton presents jazz programs for the BBC and is a jazz critic for The Times in London. For many years he was a music publisher, seeing into print the autobiographies of numerous jazz musicians including Barney Bigard, Buck Clayton, Andy Kirk and Rex Stewart. He has written biographies of Fats Waller and Bud Powell, and has edited the memoirs of Danny Barker and Doc Cheatham.