Jean-Baptiste "Illinois" Jacquet was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, best remembered for his solo on "Flying Home", critically recognized as the first R&B saxophone solo. Although he was a pioneer of the honking tenor saxophone that became a regular feature of jazz playing and a hallmark of early rock and roll, Jacquet was a skilled and melodic improviser, both on up-tempo tunes and ballads. He doubled on the bassoon, one of only a few jazz musicians to use the instrument.
|Birth name:||Jean-Baptiste Illinois Jacquet|
|Born:||October 30, 1922, Broussard, Louisiana, US|
|Died:||July 22, 2004, New York City, New York, US|
|Genres:||Swing, bebop, jump blues|
|Occupation(s):||Musician, bandleader, composer|
|Instruments:||Tenor saxophone, bassoon, alto saxophone|
|Labels:||Apollo, Savoy, Aladdin, RCA, Verve, Mercury, Roulette, Epic, Argo, Prestige, Black Lion, Black & Blue, Atlantic|
|Associated acts:||Cab Calloway, Dexter Gordon, Flip Phillips|
|IMDb:||Illinois Jacquet's IMDb|
About Illinois Jacquet
Tenor saxophonist who is recognized for his role in the song "Flying Home," which featured the first R&B saxophone solo. He was also one of the few jazz artists to play the bassoon.
Illinois Jacquet Before Fame
He performed alto saxophone in his father's band as a child, played with the Milton Larkin Orchestra at the age of fifteen, and then moved to Los Angeles where he met Nat King Cole.
Achievement of Illinois Jacquet
He started a band with his brother and Charles Mingus in 1944.
Illinois Jacquet Family Life
He was raised in a musical family; his father was a bandleader, his brother Russell played trumpet, and his other brother Linton was a drummer.
Associations of Illinois Jacquet
He was in Jammin' the Blues with Lester Young, a film that was nominated for an Academy Award.
Information related to Illinois Jacquet
- Jazz musicians from Louisiana
- American jazz bassoonists
- Roulette Records artists
- Apollo Records artists
- Count Basie Orchestra members
- American rock saxophonists
- Swing saxophonists
- Bebop saxophonists
- Jump blues saxophonists
- Louisiana Creole people
- Prestige Records artists
- American jazz tenor saxophonists
- African-American rock musicians
- Verve Records artists
- Savoy Records artists
- Musicians from Houston
- Burials at Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx)
- Mercury Records artists
- RCA Records artists
- Epic Records artists
- Harvard University staff
- 20th-century saxophonists