Dizzy Gillespie

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 21

Dizzy Gillespie 11917: Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, popularizer of Be-Bop, is born in Cheraw, South Carolina. Youngest of nine children, he begins playing piano at age 4. He wins a scholarship to the Laurinburg Music Institute in North Carolina before embarking on his professional career.