October 21 Birthday: Dizzy Gillespie. DIZZY.

Dizzy Gillespie, musician
Oct. 21, 1917-Jan. 6, 1993

Dizzy by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Sean Qualls (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2006)

Everything changed the day Dizzy Gillespie’s music teacher gave him a trumpet. From that moment on, Gillespie channeled all his feelings into his music. Jazz was his music and with it he created a whole new sound, BEBOP.

Drop by PBS.org to learn more about the man and his music from Ken Burns’ Jazz.

October 21 Birthday: Bird & Diz: Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker

Dizzy Gillespie, trumpeter
 October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993

Charlie Parker, saxophonist
  August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955

Bird & Diz (Candlewick, 2015)
by Gary Golio
Illustrated by Ed Young

When sax player Charlie “Bird” Parker and trumpeter John “Dizzy” Gillespie make music together, they toss notes back and forth like a game of tag and chase each other with sounds. As Dizzy’s cheeks puff out like a frog with glasses, the two friends beep and bop and push each other to create a new kind of music—a thrilling fast jazz full of surprises. Blending a playful, rhythmic narration with expressive illustrations as fluid and dynamic as their subjects, this tribute to the masters of bebop by acclaimed biographer Gary Golio and beloved artist Ed Young will have readers hankering to listen for themselves

A unique characteristic of this book is the single “page” folded into traditional spreads, that unfolds into a continuous image. Beautiful!

October 21 Birthday: CELIA CRUZ, QUEEN OF SALSA

Celia Cruz, musician
Oct. 21, 1925-July 16, 2003

Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa by Veronica Chambers, illustrated by Julie Maren (Dial, 2005)

When this salsa superstar was a child, her neighbors crowded the street to hear her sing to her family. Jewel toned illustrations add much to this vibrant story of her life.

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History featured Celia Cruz in a exhibit called Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz.