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Dizzy Gillespie playing his horn, 1947.
Gillespie with his "moon cheeks" playing his horn in 1947

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Dizzy Gillespie
January 6, 1993

Dizzy was one cool cat who jammed all over New York City, particularly along 52nd Street, often called "Swing Lane," and "Be-Bop Alley." Gillespie and the other musicians liked to hold long jam sessions in Harlem where they could show off their musical talents. Gillespie was quite a showman and he toured all over. He was known for his bent trumpet and having "moon cheeks" when he played.
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