Illinois Jacquet

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Date of Birth October 31, 1922
Place of Birth Broussard, Louisiana
Date of Death Jul 22, 2004 (81)
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Illinois Jacquet

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
Years active: 1941–2004
Labels: Apollo, Savoy, Aladdin, RCA, Verve, Mercury, Roulette, Epic, Argo, Prestige, Black Lion, Black & Blue, Atlantic
Associated acts: Cab Calloway, Dexter Gordon, Flip Phillips
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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
Latest information about Illinois Jacquet updated on April 16, 2021.

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