Dizzy Gillespie's B–flat Trumpet

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 early 1980s. Its uniquely shaped upturned bell was Gillespie's internationally known trademark.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
trumpet
date made
1981
owner
Gillespie, Dizzy
user
Gillespie, Dizzy
maker
King Musical Instruments
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
Place Made
United States: Ohio, Eastlake
ID Number
1986.0003.01
catalog number
1986.0003.01
accession number
1986.0003
serial number
673792
subject
Music & Musical Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History

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