Famous for a trumpet with a bell bent out of shape and his cheeks and neck expanded like a bullfrog, Dizzy Gillespie defined the term "jazz trumpet player".   From the Bebop days with Charlie Parker, he extended a long career as one of the greatest jazz musicians of his era and beyond.

His common sense approach, and his ability to avoid the drug culture, that consumed Parker and others around him, made him a resource that was sought after even late in his life.