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The people of today raised by the sounds of The Beatles and Pearl Jam have forgotten all about the musicians that paved the way for these artists and the musical styles that evolved into rock and roll rhythm and blues and rap or hip hop Unfortunately the music that once dominated the night clubs restaurants and radio stations is now heard only in elevators or when we go to a grandparents house to visit What is left of jazz are small portions of the music that people take and sample with in a new song Jazz and its historical figures have mistreated and forgotten by todays society One of the figure most forgotten is John Birks Gillespie known to the jazz world as Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie was a trumpet player composer bandleader and politician of mostly the early 40s to mid 50s This was a time period in Jazz called Bebop Bop or sometimes known as Rebop Bebop got its name from the musical language musicians would speak to one another while trying to explain a rhythm Bop Bop Doba sho ba Bop Bop this was also a common style of singing which was first introduced by Louis Armstrong called scatting Kerfeld 137 This fast tempo music was pioneered by saxophonist Charlie Parker drummer Max Roach pianist Thelonious Monk and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie Gillespie was one of the chief innovators of this new style of music as well as an important figure to all musicians to follow him and international figure for the United StatesKerfeld 137 John Birks was born in Cheraw South Carolina on October 21 1917 The young prodigy was first introduced to music by his father a weekend bandleader Gillespies father was not as talented as John was to become he relied on a more stable income as mason around their home own Four years after his fathers death when Birks was 14 he began learning
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