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Roy Eldridge

Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: January 30, 1911 | Died: 1989    

Roy Eldridge

Roy David Eldridge was a jazz trumpet player in the Swing era. His sophisticated use of harmony, including the use of tritone substitutions, resulted in him sometimes being seen as the link between Louis Armstrong-era swing music and Dizzy Gillespie-era bebop. Roy's rhythmic power to swing a band was a dynamic tradmark of the Swing Era.

Eldridge was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His nickname was Little Jazz. Eldridge played in the bands of Fletcher Henderson, Gene Krupa and Artie Shaw before making records under his own name. He also played in Benny Goodman's and Count Basie's Orchestras, and co-led a band with Coleman Hawkins....
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  • Three Classic Albums Plus

    Verve Records
    2011
  • Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge All-Stars at Newport

    Verve Music Group
    2008
  • Little Jazz Trumpet Giant

    Verve Records
    2004
  • I Can't Get Started

    Verve Records
    2000
  • Live At The Three Deuces Club

    Verve Records
    1995
  • Roy And Diz

    Verve Records
    1994
  • Happy Time

    Verve Records
    1991
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