King B-Flat Trumpet, used by Dizzy Gillespie

Description
This custom–made "Silver Flair" trumpet belonged to renowned trumpeter, bandleader, and composer John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, a founder of the modern jazz style known as bebop. Renowned for his musical virtuosity and for his impish good humor and wit, Gillespie played this trumpet in the late 1970s - early 1980s. Its uniquely shaped upturned bell was Gillespie's internationally known trademark.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1977
owner
Gillespie, Dizzy
user
Gillespie, Dizzy
maker
King Musical Instruments
Place Made
United States: Ohio, Eastlake
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 17 in x 11 in x 5 in; 43.18 cm x 27.94 cm x 12.7 cm
case: 52.5 cm x 36.6 cm x 16 cm; 20 21/32 in x 14 13/32 in x 6 5/16 in
ID Number
1986.0003.01
catalog number
1986.0003.01
accession number
1986.0003
serial number
673792
Credit Line
Gift of Lorraine Gillespie
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Data Source
National Museum of American History