Groovin' High : The Life of Dizzy Gillespie (Paperback)

Author: Shipton, Alyn

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A jazz critic for "The Times" in London now covers all aspects of Dizzy Gillespie's extraordinary life and career, taking readers through the musician's days as a sparkling trumpet soloist in the swing bands of the 1930s to the role he played in creating bebop. 26 halftones.


Publisher Oxford Univ Pr on Demand
Mfg Part# 9780195144109
SKU 30709540
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0195144104
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6L x 1.25T
"Shipton makes exemplary use of secondary sources, including Gillespie's own previously published reminiscences, to draw vivid pictures of Gillespie's hardscrabble childhood in Cheraw, S.C., his school days at the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina and his brash efforts to crack the inner circles of musicians in Philadelphia and New York in the mid-1930's. Shipton also delights in debunking conventional wisdom, even that handed down by Gillespie himself, who steadfastly claimed over the years that his approach to trumpet was an extension of that of Roy Eldridge, his predecessor in Teddy Hill's band and supposedly his single role model. Shipton's educated guess is that Gillespie's unacknowledged influences included Charlie Shavers, Henry (Red) Allen and Louis Armstrong--the last a figure the young Gillespie may have been reluctant to cite as an influence because of Armstrong's stated antipathy toward bebop."
"Painstakingly researched, GROOVIN' HIGH challenges many commonly accepted myths as it documents Gillespie's musical journey. It will enhance anyone's understanding of Gillespie's music and its role in jazz history."
"LONDON TIMES writer Shipton tenders a new look at the life of legendary trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie."
From the Publisher
Annotation In this critically-acclaimed biography of John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, London Times jazz writer Shipton draws on a variety of sources--press clips, Gillespie's personal records, and interviews with the legendary trumpeter's colleagues--to paint an objective, highly-detailed account of the musician's rich and colorful life, starting with his musical beginnings in South Carolina.
Editors Note In the first full biography of Dizzy Gillespie since his death, Shipton reveals one of the most significant innovators in jazz history, tracing his worldwide fame and adoration, the many recordings which defined his career, his relationships with other jazz musicians, and his dark side. Twenty-six photos [are included].
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0432
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
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