Following his death, he was interred at Flushing Cemetery in Flushing, Queens, New York.
Jazz trumpeter, the driving force behind bebop with Charlie Parker.
He was awarded the Polar Music Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award, in 1993.
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1982.
He joined the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1957.
He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1989 by the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C.
He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 20, 1995.
When playing, Dizzie Gillespie's cheeks would expand to extraordinary size, ballooning out far more than the average horn players do. This feature is so pronounced that there is now a medical condition named after this anomaly. Because he was the first, for all practical purposes, to have demonstrated this condition, and because since its recognition by the medical community there have been others who now exhibit similar symptoms, this condition has been officially named "Gillespie's Pouches".
Had played the trumpet solo on "Do I Do" from Stevie Wonder's compilation album "Musiquarium" (1982).
He was nominated for the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his contributions to Arts and Entertainment.
He was nominated for a 2013 New Jersey Hall of Fame for Arts and Entertainment.
He was inducted into the 2014 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Arts and Entertainment Category.