• by Jonah Winter
  • Narrated by Kevin Free
  • 0 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An acclaimed biographer for children, Jonah Winter brings historical figures to life for young listeners. Here, he turns his talents to jazz legend John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie. Born into poverty and the victim of vicious parental abuses, Dizzy received a trumpet one day and it changed his life forever. Dizzy follows Gillespie's journey from rural South Carolina to New York City - straight into the burgeoning jazz scene he soon immersed himself in.


What the Critics Say

"Fine storytelling makes Gillespie's life not just approachable, but inspirational to children, as they watch him evolve from a poor, small, beaten child into a strong-minded man who, despite naysayers, pushed American music in a completely new direction." (Child magazine)


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Customer Reviews

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Dizzy is funny and entertaining

This is a wonderful story about the young life of Dizzy Gillespie. It was a great way to introduce Jazz to my kids.
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- Steven

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-16-2007
  • Publisher: Recorded Books