What is Jazz?

Property: Dizzy Gillespie Birthplace HM, 337 Huger Street, Cheraw, SC 2952 

Historic Content

Born in Cheraw on Oct. 21, 1917, Dizzy Gillespie's family lived in the town for almost 20 years before they moved to Philadelphia in 1935. A founder of modern jazz, Gillespie was an innovative trumpeter and bandleader known for his bent horn, bulging cheeks, sense of humor and showmanship. In the 1950s, he became a good will ambassador for the U.S. State Dept., playing concerts around the world.

Student Learning Objectives: 

1. Students will be able to explain the difference between an autobiography and a biography. 

2. Students will be able complete a map and a timeline of the life and travels of Dizzy Gillespie. 


Pamela Stokes
Organization Affiliation
South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation & Hopkins Middle School, Richland District 1
1 class period
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