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musical passages, layer sounds, and use
the damper pedal without dropping
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Dizzy Gillespie Memoir
Back in Print
    To Be, Or Not…To Bop the memoir
of jazz genius Dizzy Gillespie, written
along with longtime friend Al Fraser,
has been put back in print by Minne-
sota University Press. The book tells the
story of black American music during
one of its greatest periods. You don’t
have to know John Birks “Dizzy” Gil-
lespie’s songs to feel his influence. The

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self-taught trumpet player rose from a   is intertwined with reflections from fa-   numerous perspectives of Gillespie’s
poor but musically driven upbringing     mous Gillespie associates Cab Calloway,   early start on the road to fame and the
to become a jazz mastermind, founding    Count Basie, Miles Davis, Thelonious      spirited times that would follow.
the bebop movement and giving rise       Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Ella Fitzger-       www.up
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