King B-Flat Trumpet, used by Dizzy Gillespie

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This custom–made "Silver Flair" trumpet belonged to renowned trumpeter, bandleader, and composer John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, a founder of the modern jazz style known as bebop. Renowned for his musical virtuosity and for his impish good humor and wit, Gillespie played this trumpet in the late 1970s - early 1980s. Its uniquely shaped upturned bell was Gillespie's internationally known trademark.
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National Museum of American History
Gillespie, Dizzy
Gillespie, Dizzy
King Musical Instruments
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Gift of Lorraine Gillespie
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
brass, organic material (shell) (overall material)
overall: 17 in x 11 in x 5 in; 43.18 cm x 27.94 cm x 12.7 cm
case: 52.5 cm x 36.6 cm x 16 cm; 20 21/32 in x 14 13/32 in x 6 5/16 in
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Place Made
United States: Ohio, Eastlake
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Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History