John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (1917-1993) was an American jazz trumpeter. He made several guest appearances on Muppet-related shows: He was the guest star in episode 413 of The Muppet Show, the Ghost of Faffner Hall episode "Reacting to Sounds" and Sesame Street episode 2040.
Gillespie was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1982. Other notable television appearances include The Cosby Show and 3-2-1 Contact.
- On The Jimmy Dean Show, Rowlf's Nephew cannot remember Jimmy Dean's name, calling him Jimmy Stewart, Dizzy Gillespie, and Jimmy Durante, among others.
- When Gonzo plays a few notes of "Great Day" on the trumpet to finish out "The Muppet Show Theme" in episode 510, he quips, "Eat you heart out, Gillespie."
- Lips's profile on the back packaging of the Lips Action Figure lists "Dizzy Gillespie records" among his likes.