Dizzy Gillespie began playing the trumpet and trombone
This was also when he first heard Roy Eldridge play the trumpet on the radio. This caused Gillespie to dream of being a jazz musician.
He attended the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina
He won a music scholarship and stayed here for two years
Gillespie moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gillespie joined the Cab Calloway Orchestra
Gillespie was a sideman to the first formal recording of Bebop
February 16, 1944
Gillespie teamed up with Charlie Parker to create a band that brought about the Bebop Era
This band was called Bebop Six
Gillespie and many other famous Jazz musicians played at Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario
This was seen by critics as "the greatest jazz concert ever." This was also the year that dancers Stump and Stumpy fell on Gillespie's trumpet. This caused the bell back to bend at a 45-degree angle. He kept it and it became his trademark.
Gillespie performed at the first integrated public school in Cheraw, SC
Gilllespie dies of Pancreatic Cancer in Englewood, NJ
This happened just eight years after Gillespie was inducted into the SC Hall of Fame