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Founded in 1980 as an independent music store, the Princeton Record Exchange continues to promote and support some of the best musicians and their recordings, including Dizzy Gillespie CDs, DVDs and more. Read about us in Published Articles and read our Customer Reviews on We appreciate your support for our indie music store!

Our in-store music selection of over 100,000 CDs and LPs includes: Rock, Alternative, Punk, Jazz, Classical, Soul, Funk, Blues, Hip Hop, other genres, and often Dizzy Gillespie albums. Our in-store DVD selection of over 10,000 titles includes: Action, Comedy, Criterion, Disney, TV DVDs and more. We hope you can visit our unique record store to see our Dizzy Gillespie record collection, Dizzy Gillespie CD collection and much more. We are located in historic downtown Princeton, New Jersey, about one hour from New York City and Philadelphia, which is easily accessible by car, train and bus.

Sell us your unwanted CDs DVDs and Vinyl, and they will be recycled into the hands of music and movie lovers who can appreciate them again. From personal collections to estate collections, from reviewer/radio station surplus to entire store inventories- no collection is too large! Contact us in order to determine how much we can pay you for your collection.

We appreciate your support for Dizzy Gillespie and our indie music store!

They Might Be Giants played free show this past Record Store Day, April 21st, 2012!

You may not know this, but independent record stores have a holiday all their own. The third Saturday of April every year is National Record Store Day! We've participated in every one since it began five years ago, and every year we've had a fantastic turnout. This past April, we were thrilled to have the Grammy-award winning band They Might Be Giants help us celebrate by performing a free concert in the nearby Princeton Public Library courtyard. 

At this point, a very small percentage of you may be wondering, "wait, who are these guys?" I'm glad you asked - but the truth of the matter is you've probably heard them and just don't know it. Have you ever seen the intro to the hit TV show "Malcolm in the Middle"? That's them. Have you ever gotten "The Daily Show's" opening song stuck in your head? That's them, and we were honored that they chose our store as the place where they wanted to play.

We'd like to mention a special thanks to our friends at Princeton Public Library who graciously agreed to host the concert. (With all the merchandise we carry, we didn’t have the space!). The staff really went out of their way to pull this off.

The weather was great, the band was in fine form and the turnout was fantastic!  Over 1,000 folks showed up, and the band spent hours at the store after at a meet-and-greet posing for photos and signing autographs.  It was truly a memorable day.

In addition to TMBG, Record Store Day featured hundreds of limited edition vinyl records from the most talented musicians of our time. If you're interested in one of the limited edition releases at the next Record Store Day, we highly recommend you arrive early to maximize your chances of buying a copy. It's first come, first serve, so we look forward to seeing you bright and early!


Dizzy Gillespie Biography

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (October 21, 1917 ? January 6, 1993) was born in Cheraw, South Carolina. He was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and composer. Gillespie, with Charlie Parker, was a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz.

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In addition to featuring in these epochal moments in jazz, he was instrumental in founding Afro-Cuban jazz, the modern jazz version of the "Spanish Tinge". Gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and gifted improviser, building on the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge but adding layers of harmonic complexity previously unknown in jazz. In addition to his instrumental skills, Dizzy's beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, his scat singing, his bent horn, pouched cheeks and his light-hearted personality were essential in popularizing bebop, which was originally regarded as threatening and frightening music by many listeners raised on older styles of jazz. He had an enormous impact on virtually every subsequent trumpeter, both by the example of his playing and as a mentor to younger musicians.

Dizzy Gillespie Discography Updated January 2007
Dizzy Gillespie Albums

Studio Recorded Dizzy Gillespie Vinyl & Dizzy Gillespie CDs

1941 Dizzy Gillespie with Charlie Christian Esoteric
1947 Jivin' in Be Bop Moon
1950 Dizzy Gillespie Plays, Johnny Richards... Discovery
1951 Dizzy Gillespie Dee Gee
1951 The Champ Savoy Jazz
1951 School Days SJL
1952 Dizzy Gillespie, Vol. 2 Atlantic
1952 Dizzy Gillespie, Vol. 1 Masters of
1952 Horn of Plenty Blue Note
1952 Dizzy Gillespie with Strings Clef
1952 Dizzy Gillespie/Gerry Mulligan Europa
1952 On the Sunny Side of the Street Moon
1953 Dizzy over Paris Roost
1953 Hot Vs. Cool MGM
1953 The Dizzy Gillespie/Stan Getz Sextet, Vol. 1 Norgran
1953 The Dizzy Gillespie/Stan Getz Sextet, Vol. 2 Norgran
1953 Diz and Getz Verve
1953 Dizzy in Paris Contemporary
1954 Afro Norgran
1954 Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra Norgran
1954 Jazz Recital Verve
1954 Dizzy Gillespie and His Latin Rhythm: Afro Verve
1954 'Round Midnight Absord Music
1954 Dizzy and Strings Norgran
1954 Diz Big Band Norgran
1954 Dizzy Gillespie with Roy Eldridge Verve
1954 The Trumpet Kings Verve
1954 Trumpet Battle Verve
1954 Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra Allegro
1954 Dizzy Gillespie and His Original Big Band GNP
1955 One Night in Washington Elektra
1955 The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band Verve
1955 Tour De Force Verve
1956 The Modern Jazz Sextet Verve
1956 World Statesman Norgran
1956 For Musicians Only Verve
1956 Dizzy Gillespie Plays Allegro
1957 Birk's Works Verve
1957 Dizzy Gillespie and Stuff Smith Verve
1957 Sittin' In Verve
1957 Dizzy Gillespie Duets Verve
1957 Sonny Rollins/Sonny Stitt Sessions Verve
1957 Duets: Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt Verve
1957 The Greatest Trumpet of Them All Verve
1957 Sonny Side Up Polygram
1957 Dizzy at Home and Abroad Atlantic
1959 The Ebullient Mr. Gillespie Verve
1959 Have Trumpet, Will Excite! Verve
1959 Diz and Bird Royal Roost
1961 An Electrifying Evening with the Dizzy... Polygram
1961 Perceptions Verve
1961 A Musical Safari Booman
1961 Gillespiana Verve
1962 New Wave Philips
1962 Dizzy on the French Riviera Polygram
1962 The New Continent Limelight
1962 Composer's Concepts EmArcy
1963 Something Old, Something New Polygram
1963 Dizzy Gillespie Goes Hollywood Philips
1963 Dateline Europe Reprise
1964 The Cool World Philips
1964 Jambo Caribe Verve
1965 With Gil Fuller and the Monterey Jazz... Blue Note
1965 Dizzy Gillespie and His Quintet RTE
1966 Soul Mates VSP
1967 Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac GRP
1967 Live at the Village Vanguard Blue Note
1967 Jazz for a Sunday Afternoon Solid State
1968 Reunion Big Band MPS
1969 My Way Solid State
1969 Soul and Salvation Tribute
1970 Enduring Magic Black Hawk
1971 Giants Perception
1971 The Real Thing Perception
1971 Dizzy Gillespie and the Dwike... Mainstream
1971 Blues People Records
1972 Giants of Jazz Concord
1973 The Giant Accord
1974 Dizzy's Big 4 APO
1974 Trumpet Kings Meet Joe Turner Pablo
1974 Dizzy's Big 4 Pablo/OJC
1975 Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods Pablo/OJC
1975 The Dizzy Gillespie Big Seven Pablo
1975 Bahiana Pablo
1976 Dizzy's Party Pablo/OJC
1977 Free Ride Pablo/OJC
1977 Gifted Ones Pablo
1978 Diz RCA
1979 Manteca Pickwick
1981 Endlessly MCA
1982 To a Finland Station Fantasy/OJC
1984 Closer to the Source Import
1984 New Faces GRP
1986 Dizzy Gillespie Meets the Phil Woods Quintet Timeless
1989 Symphony Sessions Pro Arte
1990 Winter in Lisbon Milan
1991 Rhythmstick Past Perfect
1991 Bebop and Beyond Plays Dizzy Gillespie Blue Moon
1991 Dizzy Gillespie & Mitchell Ruff Mainstream
1992 To Bird With Love: Live at the Blue Note Telarc
1992 Dizzy Gillespie with Gil Fulle Capitol
1992 To Diz with Love: Diamond Jubilee Recordings Telarc
1993 Hot Licks: Live Sweet Soul Sound
1993 Ruff Duo Sony
1994 Big Bands LRC
1994 Lady Be Good Four Star
1994 Strangers in Paradise ITM
1994 All the Things You Are Drive
1994 Con Alma Jazz World
1995 Groovin' with Diz Black Label
1995 No More Blues Moon
1995 Hot House Prime Cuts
1995 Swing Love Babacan
1995 Diz Meets Stitt Moon
1996 Groovin' High Eclipse
1996 Things to Come Laserlight
1997 Be Bop Delta
1997 Dizzy for President Knitting Factory
2001 Diz and Getz [2001] Uptown/Universal
2002 It Don't Mean a Thing Prestige Elite
2002 Continental Limelight
2002 Cool Breeze Past Perfect
2002 Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be Past Perfect
2002 Impromptu Past Perfect
2005 Dizzy: The Music of John Birks Gillespie Verve

Live Dizzy Gillespie Records and Dizzy Gillespie CD Releases

1946 Algo Bueno: The Complete Bluebird/Musicraft... Definitive
1946 Live 1946 Bandstand
1946 Live at the Spotlite Hi-Fly
1946 The Legendary Big Band Concerts Vogue
1947 At the Downbeat Club (Summer, 1947)
1947 Bebop Enters Sweden 1947-1949 Dragon
1947 It Happened One Night Natural
1947 Live at Carnegie Hall Artistry
1948 At Salle Pleyel (Paris, France - 1948) Prestige
1948 At Salle Pleyel (Paris, France - 1948) Prestige
1948 Dizzy Gillespie and His Big Band GNP Crescendo
1948 Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach in Paris Vogue
1952 Dizzy Gillespie in Concert Daybreak
1952 Dizzy Gillespie in Paris, Vol. 2 Vogue
1952 In Paris RCA
1952 Jazz from Paris Clef
1953 Concert in Paris Roost
1953 Dizzy Gillespie in Paris, Vol. 1 Vogue
1953 Dizzy Gillespie Paris Concert GNP
1953 Pleyel Concert 1953 Vogue
1953 The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever Prestige
1956 Dizzy Gillespie and His Big Band at Birdland Sandy Hook
1956 Dizzy in Greece Verve
1956 Dizzy in South America: Official U.S. State... Cap
1956 Dizzy in South America: Official U.S. State... Cap
1956 On Tour with Dizzy Gillespie and His Big Band Artistry
1957 "Live" 1957 Jazz Unlimited
1957 At Newport Verve
1957 Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie at Newport Verve
1957 The Live in Chester Jazz Hour
1959 Copenhagen Concert Steeplechase
1960 Gillespiana/Carnegie Hall Concert Verve
1961 Carnegie Hall Concert Verve
1961 Dizzy Gillespie Quintet in Europe Unique
1962 Jazz on the French Riviera Philips
1963 Dizzy Gillespie and the Double Six of Paris Polygram
1963 The At Newport Tristar
1965 Charley Parker Memorial Concert Limelight
1969 Sweet Soul Starburst
1971 The Giants of Jazz and Dizzy Gillespie Live Jazz Door
1975 At the Montreux Jazz Festival 1975 Pablo
1975 The Trumpet Kings at Montreux '75 Pablo
1977 Montreux '77 Fantasy
1979 Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival Ala
1980 At Montreux Pablo
1980 Digital at Montreux, 1980 Pablo/OJC
1980 Summertime (Digital at Montreux, 1980) Pablo
1980 Summertime Montreux 1980 Pablo
1980 Trumpet Summit Meets Oscar Peterson Big Four Pablo
1981 Jazzbohne Berlin 1981 Repertoire
1981 Musician, Composer, Raconteur: Plays & Raps... Pablo
1989 Live at the Royal Festival Hall Red Ink
1989 Max + Dizzy, Paris 1989 A&M
1992 Bird Songs: The Final Recordings Telarc
1993 Live: Village Vanguard Capitol
1996 Live at the Latino Jazz Festival '85 Babacan
1996 Night in Tunisia Delta
1997 Pleyel Jazz Concert 1948 Vogue
1997 Pleyel Jazz Concert 1953 Vogue
1998 At Newport Verve
1998 Paris Jazz Concert 1960 Malaco
1998 Paris Jazz Concert 1965 Malaco
1998 Plays in Paris Vogue
1999 Dizzy in South America: Official U.S. State... Cap
1999 Night in Tunisia Early Bird
1999 Pleyel, 25 Novembre 1960 Trema
2000 Anthology Golden Lane
2000 In Concert...Carnegie Hall Collectables
2000 Live at the Royal Festival Hall BBC
2000 Live: Chester, Pennsylvania, June 14, 1957 Storyville
2001 Live in 1948 Epm Musique
2001 Night of Nights Arpeggio Jazz
2001 Sweet Stuff TIM
2002 New York to Chicago: 1940-1947
2002 Toronto Massey Hall 53 Past Perfect

Compilation Dizzy Gillespie Vinyl and Dizzy Gillespie CD's

1937 Dizzy Gillespie RCA
1937 The Complete RCA Victor Recordings: 1937-1949 Bluebird/RCA
1940 Development of an American Artist, 1940-1946 Smithsonian
1943 Compact Jazz: Dizzy Gillespie Verve
1945 Complementary Works, Vol. 5 Masters of
1945 Groovin' High Savoy
1945 In the Beginning Prestige
1945 Oo Bop Tradition
1945 Shaw Nuff Musicraft
1946 Dizziest RCA
1946 Dizzy Gillespie Story Sony
1946 Modern Trumpets Dial
1946 One Bass Hit Musicraft
1947 Dizzier and Dizzier RCA
1948 Good Bait Spotlite
1950 The Dizzy's Diamonds: The Best of Verve Years Verve
1951 Dee Gee Days: Savoy Sessions Savoy
1951 The Champ (Bonus Tracks) Savoy Jazz
1952 Dizzy Gillespie Everest
1952 Havin' a Good Time in Paris Inner City
1953 Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Album Natasha
1953 Dizzy Gillespie, Vol. 2 Atlantic
1955 A Night in Tunisia Intersound
1956 Birk's Works: Verve Big Band Sessions Verve
1957 Dizzy Gillespie's Big Band Jazz American

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