Throwback: Black History Month: Dizzy Gillespie

Black History Month comes to a close today. Over the course of the past month, I’ve spent some time paying triune to Black artists across a wide and diverse array of genres and styles. And as always, my hope is that the month long series serve as an important reminder that the Black experience is the American experience, that Black culture is American culture — and importantly that Black lives, Black art and Black joy matter.

It wasn’t a comprehensive study of Black music. It was an idiosyncratic one because of what I do here at JOVM. But over the course of the past month, I’ve paid tribute to the following:

I close the month out by paying tribute to the godfather of bebop jazz, the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, one of the coolest cats to have ever lived. Really cool thing, Sarah Vaughan makes an appearance in some of the footage.