Remembering Dizzy Gillespie…On The Muppet Show

This week in 1993, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, one of the towering figures in modern jazz, died in Englewood, N.J., at age 75. One of the most recognizable jazz figures — with his balloon cheeks and bent trumpet. He said another musician tripped over his trumpet stand and bent the bell upward at a 45-degree angle. Gillespie liked the sound and used bent horns from then on. In 1953, he took part in one of the most famous jazz concerts in history — a show recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto that also featured Parker, Powell, Roach and bassist Charles Mingus.