Illinois Jacquet

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Birthday
31, 1922
Birthplace
Broussard, LA
Death Date
Jul 22, 2004 (81)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
31, 1922
Birthplace
Broussard, LA
Death Date
Jul 22, 2004 (81)

About

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.

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.

Trivia

He started a band with his brother and Charles Mingus in 1944.

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.

Associated With

He was in Jammin' the Blues with Lester Young, a film that was nominated for an Academy Award.