© Herb Ritts, 1989, Dizzy Gillespie, Paris

"In the naturally effervescent Mr. Gillespie, opposites existed. His playing - and he performed constantly until nearly the end of his life - was meteoric, full of virtuosic inventions and deadly serious. But with his endlessly funny asides, his huge variety of facial expressions and his natural comic gifts, he was as much a pure entetainer as an accomplished artist. In some ways, he seemed to sum up all the possibilities of American popular Art." (Peter Watrous, New York Times, Jan. 7, 1993)

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