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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 31st, 1922 (Broussard), Died July 22nd, 2004 (Queens)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941 - 1957

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
Decca 102879 7/12/1957 It's too soon to know Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jacquet, Illinois," accessed January 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/323040.

Jacquet, Illinois. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/323040.

"Jacquet, Illinois." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 January 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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