Jazz Portraits E – J

Dizzy Gillespie

In the minds of many, Dizzy Gillespie was the most important jazz musician to emerge in the mid-1930s. He’d long been one of my favorites; he was the subject of my high school senior class paper, which I actually got to show him thirty-five years after I’d written it. One of my many portraits of Dizzy was taken in the basement of his Englewood, New Jersey home. His basement was filled with musical instruments, memorabilia, a cabinet full of cameras and a pool table. He was fascinated with my old Deardorff and gave a million bucks expression as he lounged on his pool table. The result was one of my most popular jazz portraits. He also liked it and on another visit approved of my 1958 essay.