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Collection on Dizzy Gillespie, circa 1987-2000
- University of Idaho. Library. Special Collections Dept.
- Collection on Dizzy Gillespie
- 12 items
- Collection Number
- IJC MG 7
- Dizzy Gillespie was a jazz trumpeter, percussionist, pianist, and vocalist. This collection includes memorabilia that belonged to the artist.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open to the public. Researchers must use the collection in accordance with the policies of the University of Idaho Special Collections and Archives.
- This collection is in English.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Dizzy (John Birks) Gillespie was born in Cheraw, South Carolina in 1917. His father, a local bandleader, had him playing the piano at age four. The elder Gillespie, however, died when his son was ten, leaving John to learn music on his own. At twelve he was playing trombone; at thirteen, trumpet. A music (and sports) scholarship enabled him to attend the Laurinburg Institute, in Laurinburg, North Carolina, but he left the school in 1935. He soon joined the Frankie Fairfax Band in Philadelphia, and there picked up his nickname “Dizzy” for his on stage clowning. Through a succession of other jobs in other bands he began developing his own distinctive style of play, finally finding a place to express this style, christened “bebop,” when, with Charlie Parker, he joined the Earl Hines band in 1942. He moved on to other bands and bebop followed. Quickly accepted by some fans and musicians, and just as quickly rejected by others, bebop nonetheless helped define post-war jazz in the U.S. and in Europe. At the time of his death, in January of 1993, Dizzy was one of the most widely recognized and admired jazz musicians both within the jazz community and in wider culture.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
This collection was assembled by Special Collections and Archives of the University of Idaho Library with materials donated by Mrs. Gillespie. The collection contains twelve items that belonged to the artist.
Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top
This manuscript group is part of the International Jazz Collections-IJC.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
This collection has been digitized.
Consult Head of Special Collections and Archives on permissions for use.
Collection on Dizzy Gillespie, IJC MG 7, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Gift, Dizzy Gillespie's widow, Mrs. Lorraine Gillespie, between [2002-2008?].
Processed by Michael Tarabulski.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1||A plaster mask made from Dizzy Gillespie's face while he had inflated his cheeks in a signature fashion, 1991.|
|2||A Baha'I Prayers book, 1991.|
|2||Small metal sided drum (Lackerli-Huus Basel).|
|2||A carved piece of wood painted to look like a watermelon with the inscription: To Dizzy, a letter from home, L. Gillespie, 1992.|
|3||Fez. Gray, velvet, brimless. Ceremonial/Masonic quality. Silver color passmenterie embellishment around bottom of crown. Four inch diameter circle of embellishment at center top. One inch pom pom at center top. Four rosettes, flat metal beads around top center medallion, and forming words around crown: Bashere of Iperu. Green and white striped fabric lining.|
|3||Sunglasses. Gold color metal frames with ersatz tortoise shell bows. Engraved on both sides of frame where they join bows with hinges: Vogart. On right bow: Vogart by Eastern States model 3089 CE. Accompanies a brocade case with optician's name and address printed inside. (2 items)|
|4||John F. Kennedy Center for the Perfoming Arts. Kennedy Center Honor, 1990.|
|5 (offsite)||Coat, Sports. Black and white houndstooth 100% wool. Fully lined with gray acetate. Label: "Saks Fifth Avenue." 2 button, single vent.|
|5 (offsite)||Shirt. Blue, gray, and white, cotton with indigo calligraphic figures all over in rows and columns. Indigo blue has migrated (bled) into white fabric. Shirt tail style, short sleeves with standing band collar. No labels, looks homemade. Six brown wooden buttons center front placket. Right and left breast pockets.|
|6 (offsite)||Sweater. Gray, handknit, turtleneck. Heavy gauge wool, raglan sleeves.|
|6 (offsite)||T-shirt. White, 100% cotton. CFD: gray, black, white, orange with photograph of D. Gillespie. Text: "Southwest Airlines is Proud to Celebrate Black Music Month, June 1-June 30, 2000." Southwest Airlines logo on left sleeve hem.|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- African American Jazz musicians--Archives
- Jazz musicians--United States--Archives
- Jazz--History--20th century--Sources
- Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993--Archives
- Gillespie, Lorraine (donor)