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John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie: Profile

In 1990, Milt Hinton wrote this about Dizzy Gillespie:
"Diz was a kid when he joined Cab's band in the late '30s. Many guys in the band laughed at his playing, but a few of us who listened recognized he was way ahead of his time. Diz was always willing to share his knowledge. Sometimes when we worked the Cotton Club and the weather was warm, the two of us would go up to the roof during intermissions. He'd show me some of his musical inventions and get me to try new ways of playing."

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