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Dizzie Gillespie
(1917-93)
American trumpeter, composer, and bandleader, and founder of bebop style of jazz



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"I don't care too much about music. What I like is sounds."
-- Dizzie Gillespie

"It's taken me all my life to learn what not to play."
-- Dizzie Gillespie

"Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for your magnificent indifference."
-- Dizzie Gillespie, addressing the jazz club audience who seemed much more interested in eating and socializing than in listening to the music

"Everyone wants to put people on, I think. And get away with it! That's the thing: put people on and get away with it! That's a science in itself."
-- Dizzie Gillespie, on pretentious critics and intellectuals pronouncing on jazz

"Bop is at the end of the road. Now everybody wants dance music."
-- Dizzie Gillespie

"I used to do a lot of apologizing for what the State Department had done."
-- Dizzie Gillespie on one of the disadvantages of having his overseas tours sponsored by the U.S State Department





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