The Bop And Bebop Era

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Faith Eleby-DR. KEAST

The Bop and Bebop era was filled with a variation of things that contributed to its success and flourishment. The Bebop era was based on nonfunctional music it was either played at a very fast or very slow pace, neither paces allowed its listener to dance. Bebop was mainly for the artist satisfaction of difficult rhythmic changes; its focus was entertainment. Bop was also known for its fantastic artists like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, it was also ideal because of the location of a performance.
Where did Bebop get its name? Around the 1940s musicians particularly African-American wanted to divert from the formal structure of the Swing style. This movement was later renamed Bop or Bebop. Bop …show more content…

Charles Parker Jr. born on August 15, 1920 grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, he was known for his nickname “Bird” or ‘’Yard bird’’. He was one of the most influential people of the Bebop era, because of his iconic way of playing the saxophone. When he was a young boy he quit school to pursue his dreams in the music industry, in his early career he rejoined Jay McShann’s band where he made his first recording in the year 1940. In the year 1945 he made his debut with his own band playing alongside Dizzy Gillespie, both started to develop a new innovative style of playing music which was known as …show more content…

Officially born John Burks ‘’Dizzy’’ Gillespie born on October 12, 1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina. This legendary figure was known for playing the trumpet, his horn had accidentally received quite a unique bend to it, but he never got it repaired because he admired what the newly found sound, sounded like. In the 1930s, he played for the band Cab Calloway including members being Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, and Earl Hines. Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker are named as the founders of the Bebop movement, when playing together they fit together like a puzzle piece. He was a co-founder of Afro-Cuban jazz. As a young boy, youngest of nine he started playing trumpet at the age of the 12. He was accepted into the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina, but later dropped out of school to pursue his dreams of being a musician. One of Gillespie’s inspirations was Roy Eldridge who he was greatly influenced he soon gained the fresh nickname of ‘’Dizzy’’. Dizzy Gillespie died January 6, 1933 of Pancreatic Cancer in Englewood, New

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