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King B-Flat Trumpet, used by Dizzy Gillespie

King B-Flat Trumpet, used by Dizzy Gillespie
Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Description
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 early 1980s. Its uniquely shaped upturned bell was Gillespie's internationally known trademark.
Location
Currently not on view
Owner
Gillespie, Dizzy
Used By
Gillespie, Dizzy
Maker
King Musical Instruments
Date Made
1981
Credit Line
Gift of Lorraine Gillespie
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
Measurements
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
Object Type
trumpet