Sarah C. Spruill

Sarah C. Spruill

Dizzy Gillespie, virtuoso trumpeter and composer, is being commemorated by his hometown. A celebration of jazz great Dizzy Gillespie is planned for his birthday, Oct. 21 in Cheraw, South Carolina. The tribute includes the unveiling of a 7 foot statue of Gillespie on the Cheraw Town Green, a ribbon cutting for a park at his birthplace and a jazz concert by the Dick Goodwin Band.

Gillespie was born in Cheraw in 1917. "We felt that the 85th anniversary of his birth was the perfect time to unvei …