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Bust of Dizzy Gillespie

Bust of Dizzy Gillespie

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This bust of American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and singer John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (1917–1993) was made by Ed Dwight in Denver, Colorado in 1990. Made of cast bronze, the sculpture depicts Gillespie’s head, neck and hands, playing a trumpet, on a base made of dark stone.

Ed Dwight began his career as a graduate engineer, was a former United States Air Force test pilot who became the first African American to be trained as an astronaut in 1962. Following a career in real estate, computer systems engineering, and consulting, Dwight pursued art and received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Denver in 1977. Dwight’s works include fine art sculpture, large-scale memorials and public art projects.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sculpture
date made
1990
depicted (sitter)
Gillespie, Dizzy
maker
Dwight, Ed
place made
United States: Colorado, Denver
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 27 3/4 in x 14 in x 31 in; 70.485 cm x 35.56 cm x 78.74 cm
ID Number
1993.0582.01
accession number
1993.0582
catalog number
1993.0582.01
Credit Line
Gift of Calvin B. and Marilyn B. Gross
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National Museum of American History
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