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Illinois Jacquet

Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Born: October 31, 1922 | Died: July 22, 2004    

Illinois Jacquet

Illinois Jacquet is considered to be one of the most influential tenor saxophonists in the history of jazz music. Born on October 31, 1922, in Broussard, Louisiana, Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet, at the age of 19 on the very first recording of his career, spawned an entirely new style and sound for the tenor saxophone. His classic solo on “Flying Home” recorded with the Lionel Hampton Band at Decca Records in New York City, on May 26, 1942, catapulted Jacquet to international fame and the solo became more famous than the song itself. All saxophonists learned to play Jacquet’s solo, every band recorded it, and people all over the world were humming this most famous solo in jazz history....
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  • Swingin Live with Illinois Jacquet

    Jacquet Records
    2007
  • Flying Home: The Best Of The Verve Years

    Chess
    2003
  • Desert Winds

    Chess
    2002
  • Birthday Party

    Chess
    1999
  • Illinois Jacquet 1946-1947

    Chess
    1998
  • "The Kid" And "The Brute"

    Chess
    1997
  • The Complete Illinois Jacquet Sessions 1945-50

    Chess
    1996
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