DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Celebrate: Dizzie Gillespie:
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Description of Pictures: Dizzie Gillespie
October 26, 2017 – November 26, 2017
The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery honors the life and legacy of jazz trumpeter, composer and band leader Dizzy Gillespie on the centennial of his birth.
Gillespie first rose to fame in the 1940s and maintained an influential presence in the music scene for five decades. At the age of 21, he joined Cab Calloway's legendary big band and contributed solos to numerous recordings. Along with Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and other young musicians, Gillespie spearheaded freewheeling jazz compositions that spawned the new, energetic form of jazz known as bebop. He helped introduce Afro-Cuban jazz to worldwide audiences and was considered one of the most enthusiastic ambassadors for modern jazz.
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CELDIZ_171026_08.JPG: Dizzy Gillespie 1917-1993
October 21, 2017, marks the one-hundredth anniversary of jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Dizzy Gillespie's birth.
Jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Dizzy Gillespie first gained fame in the early 1940s, but he had such talent and staying power that he was still a dynamic presence on the music scene five decades later. Gillespie was only twenty-two when he joined Cab Calloway’s legendary big band in 1939, yet the maturity of his playing was already undeniable. His solos enlivened many of Calloway’s recordings, and Gillespie’s innovative arrangements laid the groundwork for his future experiments in rhythm and composition. After meeting saxophonist Charlie Parker in Kansas City in 1940, Gillespie joined Parker, pianist Thelonious Monk, and other young musicians in freewheeling jam sessions that spawned the new, energetic form of jazz known as bebop. Emerging rapidly as one of bebop’s greatest practitioners, Gillespie also played a pivotal role in introducing Afro-Cuban jazz to worldwide audiences. He toured extensively and was hailed as modern jazz’s most ebullient ambassador.
Herman Leonard, 1948 (printed 1998)
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2017 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
Civil War Trust conferences in Pensacola, FL, Chattanooga, TN (via sites in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee) and Fredericksburg, VA,
a family reunion in The Dells, Wisconsin (via sites in Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin),
New York City, and
my 12th consecutive San Diego Comic Con trip (including sites in Arizona).
For some reason, several of my photos have been published in physical books this year which is pretty cool. Ones that I know about:
"Tarzan, Jungle King of Popular Culture" (David Lemmo),
"The Great Crusade: A Guide to World War I American Expeditionary Forces Battlefields and Sites" (Stephen T. Powers and Kevin Dennehy),
"The American Spirit" (David McCullough),
"Civil War Battlefields: Walking the Trails of History" (David T. Gilbert),
"The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956 — Khrushchev, Stalin's Ghost, and a Young American in Russia" (Marvin Kalb), and
"The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons" (Ron Collins and David Skover).
Number of photos taken this year: just below 560,000.