COOLCAT OF THE WEEK- DIZZY GILLESPIE 5/26/13
American jazz trumpeter and composer, Dizzy Gillespie with his “bent” trumpet.
The origins of this unusual trumpet are unknown. However my personal favorite is that it resulted from an accident when dancers fell on it on stage while it was just innocently on a trumpet stand in 1953. Dizzy still played that night and had a great performance. He got he trumpet fixed the very next day. We he got it back he realized that it didn’t sound the same. The bend in his trumpet created a new tone that really struck Dizzy’s fancy. So, he rebent his trumpet and kept it like that for the rest of his jazz career.