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Illinois Jacquet

Jean-Baptiste "Illinois" Jacquet (October 30, 1922 – July 22, 2004) 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 and Death Data: Born October 31, 1922 (Broussard), Died July 22, 2004 (Queens)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, leader, composer, songwriter

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 26 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor E0VB-4656 10-in. 5/22/1950 My old gal Illinois Jacquet Orchestra ; Illinois Jacquet Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, songwriter, leader  
Victor E0VB-4657 10-in. 5/22/1950 Slow down baby Illinois Jacquet Orchestra ; Illinois Jacquet Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, songwriter, leader  
Victor E0VB-4658 10-in. 5/22/1950 Hot rod Illinois Jacquet Orchestra ; Illinois Jacquet Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, composer  
Victor E0VB-4659 10-in. 5/22/1950 You gotta change Illinois Jacquet Orchestra ; Illinois Jacquet Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, songwriter, leader  
Victor D7VB-2186 10-in. 12/12/1947 Robbin's nest Count Basie ; Count Basie Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor D9VB-0581 10-in. 4/6/1949 Big foot Illinois Jacquet Orchestra ; Illinois Jacquet Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, leader, composer  
Victor D9VB-0582 10-in. 4/6/1949 Black velvet Illinois Jacquet Orchestra ; Illinois Jacquet Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, composer, leader  
Victor D9VB-0583 10-in. 4/6/1949 B-yot Illinois Jacquet Orchestra ; Illinois Jacquet Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, leader, composer  
Victor D9VB-0584 10-in. 4/6/1949 Adams' Alley Illinois Jacquet Orchestra ; Illinois Jacquet Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, composer, leader  
Victor D9VB-2760 10-in. 12/14/1949 Blue satin Illinois Jacquet Orchestra ; Illinois Jacquet Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, composer, leader  
Victor D9VB-2761 10-in. 12/14/1949 Stay away Illinois Jacquet Orchestra ; Illinois Jacquet Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, leader, songwriter  
Decca 70100 10-in. 12/24/1941 Just for you Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70101 10-in. 12/24/1941 Southern echoes Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70102 10-in. 12/24/1941 My wish Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70103 10-in. 12/24/1941 Nola Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70771 10-in. 5/26/1942 Now I know Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70772 10-in. 5/26/1942 Half a love is better than none Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70773 10-in. 5/26/1942 Flying home Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70774 10-in. 5/26/1942 In the bag Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 74386 12/23/1947 I've got a feeling I'm fallin' The Day Dreamers ; Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 74387 12/23/1947 You turned the tables on me The Day Dreamers ; Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 74392 12/23/1947 I cried and cried and cried The Day Dreamers ; Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 74393 12/23/1947 Robbins nest The Day Dreamers ; Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 74590 8/20/1948 It's too soon to know-1 Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 74591 8/20/1948 I can't go on without you Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 1-25 of 26 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jacquet, Illinois," accessed August 12, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/323040.

Jacquet, Illinois. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 12, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/323040.

"Jacquet, Illinois." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 12 August 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/323040

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