Born this day as John Birks, "Dizzy" Gillespie was one of the developers of bop in the early 1940s, as well as Afro-Cuban jazz.
His visual trademark was his trumpet with the bell pointing upwards at a 45 degree angle. Early in 1953, someone accidentally fell on Gillespie's trumpet, which was sitting upright on a trumpet stand, and the bell was bent back. Gillespie played it and found that he actually liked the sound, so from that point on he had trumpets built for him with the bell pointing upwards at that angle.
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