Thomas Owens

in Bebop

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780195106510
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853182 | DOI:

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The lineage of bebop trumpeters begins with Dizzy Gillespie. His colleagues acknowledged him as a leader from the beginning, and soon the general public was aware of him. Most early articles on the new music in the popular national press focused principally upon him. His extroverted behavior and unique appearance made him much more than a trumpeter; for millions of Americans, he was the epitome of bebop. Fats Navarro was a highly musical bebop trumpeter. During the late 1940s, he and Gillespie were the most accomplished trumpeters in bebop. Other bebop trumpeters in the 1940s helped establish and spread the new bebop vocabulary for their instrument, though they were less innovative than Gillespie, Navarro, and Miles Davis. Among noted trumpeters were Kenny Dorham and Red Rodney.

Keywords: bebop; trumpeters; Dizzy Gillespie; Fats Navarro; Miles Davis; Kenny Dorham; Red Rodney

Chapter.  12504 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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