Illinois Jacquet

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Illinois Jacquet

Jean-Baptiste Illinois Jacquet (October 31, 1922 – July 22, 2004) was a tenor saxophone and American jazz alto saxophone.

Illinois_Jacquet’s Biography

Jacquet was born in Louisiana, although he grew up in Houston, Texas, and after playing with alto sax in local bands, in 1939, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he met Nat King Cole. In 1940, Cole introduced Jacquet to Lionel Hampton, who was forming a big band. It was Hampton who asked Jacquet to switch to tenor saxophone. He left Hampton’s band in 1943 to join the Cab Calloway orchestra, a band that will later appear in the film starring Lena Horne and Cab Calloway, Stormy Weather.

In 1944, he returned to California and formed a group with his brother Russell and Charles Mingus. At this time he also appears, with Lester Young, in the movie Jammin ‘the Blues, which was nominated for the Oscars. He also participated in the first concert, now classic, Jazz at the Philharmonic.

In 1946, he moved to New York to join the Count Basie orchestra, replacing Lester Young.

In 1993, after the election of Bill Clinton as president of the USA, Jacquet played “C-Jam Blues” at the official reception held at the White House.

Influenced many other saxophones such as Arnett Cobb, Stanley Turrentine, Sonny Rollins, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Houston Person.

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