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Groovin' High The Life of Dizzy Gillespie (Paperback)

Author:  Alyn Shipton
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0195144104
ISBN-13: 9780195144109
Sku: 30709540
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  432
Age Range:  NA
 
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.
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Dizzy Gillespie was one of the most important and best-loved musicians in jazz history. With his horn-rimmed glasses, goatee, jive talk, and upraised trumpet bell, he was the hipster who most personified bebop. The musical heir to Louis Armstrong, he created the modern jazz trumpet-playing style and dazzled aficionados and popular audiences alike for over 50 years.

In this first full biography, Alyn Shipton covers all aspects of Dizzy's remarkable life and career, taking us through his days as a flashy trumpet player in the swing bands of the 1930s, his innovative bebop work in the 1940s, the worldwide fame and adoration he earned through his big band tours in the 1950s, and the many recordings and performances which defined a career that extended into the early 1990s. Along the way, Shipton convincingly argues that Gillespie--rather than Charlie Parker as is widely believed--had the greatest role in creating bebop, playing in key jazz groups, teaching the music to others, and helping to develop the first original bebop repertory. Shipton also explores the dark side of Dizzy's mostly sunny personal life, his womanizing, the illegitimate daughter he fathered and supported--now a respected jazz singer in her own right--and his sometimes needless cruelty to others.

For anyone interested in jazz and one of its most innovative and appealing figures, Groovin' High is essential reading.

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New York Times Book Review
"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." - Francis Davis 8/8/1999

Kirkus Reviews
"LONDON TIMES writer Shipton tenders a new look at the life of legendary trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie." 5/15/00

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"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." September 1999

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0432
Product attributePublisher:   Oxford University Press, USA
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