Dizzy Gillespie’s B-flat Trumpet, 1972

This week’s Smithsonian Snapshot celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with American jazz legend John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie’s trumpet. 
 
In the 1940s, Gillespie, renowned for his harmonic complexity and scat singing, became a major figure in developing the modern jazz style known as bebop. Gillespie pushed the technical virtuosity of the trumpet, wrote influential compositions, helped introduce Afro-Cuban rhythms into jazz and through his showmanship helped spread the popularity of bebop.
 

In 1986, Gillespie donated this custom “Silver Flair” trumpet, which he played for 10 years, and its custom case to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Its uniquely shaped upturned bell was his internationally known trademark.
 

Gillespie’s trumpet is one of the most iconic instruments in American music; its inclusion in the Smithsonian marks him as one of the most influential and innovative 20th-century American musicians.
 

To learn more about the importance of jazz in culture, technology, gender and race, visit the Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Month 2012 website. To hear musical recordings of Gillespie and other jazz musicians, visit the Smithsonian Folkways’ website.
 

This item is one of 137 million artifacts, works of art and specimens in the Smithsonian’s collection. It is on display in the National Museum of American History’s Artifact Wall. To learn more about this item, visit the National Museum of American History’s website. 

Dizzy Gillespie’s B-flat Trumpet, 1972


This week’s Smithsonian Snapshot celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with American jazz legend John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie’s trumpet. 
 
In the 1940s, Gillespie, renowned for his harmonic complexity and scat singing, became a major figure in developing the modern jazz style known as bebop. Gillespie pushed the technical virtuosity of the trumpet, wrote influential compositions, helped introduce Afro-Cuban rhythms into jazz and through his showmanship helped spread the popularity of bebop.
 

In 1986, Gillespie donated this custom “Silver Flair” trumpet, which he played for 10 years, and its custom case to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Its uniquely shaped upturned bell was his internationally known trademark.
 

Gillespie’s trumpet is one of the most iconic instruments in American music; its inclusion in the Smithsonian marks him as one of the most influential and innovative 20th-century American musicians.
 

To learn more about the importance of jazz in culture, technology, gender and race, visit the Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Month 2012 website. To hear musical recordings of Gillespie and other jazz musicians, visit the Smithsonian Folkways’ website.
 

This item is one of 137 million artifacts, works of art and specimens in the Smithsonian’s collection. It is on display in the National Museum of American History’s Artifact Wall. To learn more about this item, visit the National Museum of American History’s website
  1. jag-ar-pank reblogged this from smithsonian
  2. esmo81 reblogged this from smithsonian
  3. dontlookforloveletlovefindyou reblogged this from smithsonian
  4. magnificenttrumpet reblogged this from smithsonian
  5. splitcoil reblogged this from smithsonian
  6. buttondownmoda reblogged this from smithsonian
  7. milkshake-n-honey reblogged this from rootsnbluesfestival and added:
    Dizzy Gillespie’s B-flat Trumpet, 1972
  8. daniellaekw reblogged this from emmangs
  9. amaziiigh reblogged this from emmangs
  10. emmangs reblogged this from smithsonian
  11. an-eloquent-man reblogged this from ostentationandstyle
  12. azniv reblogged this from phoscottography
  13. phoscottography reblogged this from ostentationandstyle
  14. theblackcurator reblogged this from ostentationandstyle
  15. mssanowa reblogged this from ostentationandstyle
  16. ostentationandstyle reblogged this from smithsonian
  17. cicadas-and-gulls reblogged this from smithsonian
  18. iammenaturally777 reblogged this from slyfauxx
  19. virtualexec reblogged this from smithsonian
  20. thatgurlmtyi reblogged this from verathepopularloser
  21. verathepopularloser reblogged this from daniidude
  22. wizuda reblogged this from nictofilia
  23. daniidude reblogged this from assumedpseudonym
  24. assumedpseudonym reblogged this from nictofilia
  25. nictofilia reblogged this from smithsonian
  26. moor2know reblogged this from messynefertiti
  27. messynefertiti reblogged this from jazzreloaded
  28. jazzreloaded reblogged this from cre8tivesilence
  29. thelikesthatwere reblogged this from chanteuse-youlose and added:
    Dizzy Gillespie’s B-flat Trumpet, 1972 This week’s Smithsonian Snapshot celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with American...
  30. lilyzoe-draft reblogged this from thesoulshiner