Dizzy Gillespie – Jazz Pioneer & Bebop Symbol

Dizzy Gillespie

October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993  Dizzy Gillespie was one of the principal developers of bop in the early 1940s, and his styles of improvising and trumpet playing were imitated widely in the 1940s and 1950s. Indeed, he is one of the most influential players in the history of jazz. Gillespie was the youngest … Read more

Charlie Christian – Bebop and Cool Jazz Inovator

Charlie Christian

Charles Henry “Charlie” Christian (July 29, 1916 – March 2, 1942) was an American swing and jazz guitarist Charlie Christian was an important early performer on the electric guitar and a key figure in the development of bebop and cool jazz. He gained national exposure as a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra … Read more

Madeline Manning Mims – Olympic Medalist and Gospel Artist

Madeline Manning Mims

January 11, 1948 — Madeline Manning Mims is an author, international speaker and contemporary gospel recording artist. Her capability as an outstanding musical performer has taken her from the world of athletics to the world of music, where she was requested to use her singing talents for international banquets and stadium renditions, international concerts, television, … Read more