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King B-Flat Trumpet, used by Dizzy Gillespie

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Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History
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.
Currently not on view
Gillespie, Dizzy
Used By
Gillespie, Dizzy
King Musical Instruments
Date Made
Credit Line
Gift of Lorraine Gillespie
Physical Description
brass (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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