Illinois Jacquet - age: 81

Illinois Jacquet

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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.He started a band with his brother and Charles Mingus in 1944.He was in Jammin' the Blues with Lester Young, a film that was nominated for an Academy Award.

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.

PERSONAL 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.

Famous Quotes
Their eagerness for the big-band music and their ability to grasp the essence of it made me realize that todays generation has not been properly exposed to the big-band sound.

FUN FACTS

Saxophonist Illinois Jacquet were born on Tuesday, birthstone is Opal, the seaon was Fall in the Chinese year of Dog, it is 302 days until Illinois Jacquet next birthday.

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