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This is the brooch that the legendary Dizzy Gillespie gave me when I was 8 years old on a flight from Seattle to New York… He was sat a few seats in front and I couldn’t keep my eyes off him and the trinket he was holding in his hands, he caught me staring at it and so he turned around and handed it to me. I have cherished it ever since and spent many hours studying the musical instruments depicted and making rainbows through the crystal pyramid. I still look through pictures of Dizzy sometimes wondering whether I will ever see my brooch on his lapel, but to this day it hasn’t happened yet.

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