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Dizzy Gillespie's Trumpet


Dizzy Gillespie's Trumpet

Dizzy Gillespie's Trumpet, 1972

Photo courtesy of the National Museum of American History
Modern-jazz virtuoso Dizzy Gillespie played this customized King “Silver Flair” trumpet from 1972 to 1985. He adopted the signature angled design in 1954, after someone accidentally bent his horn and he discovered he liked the sound that resulted.

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