Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet, 31 October 1922, Boussard, Louisiana, USA, d. 22 July 2004, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. Raised in Texas, Jacquet started out on drums, later switching to alto and soprano saxophones. He worked in the popular territory band led by Milt Larkin and after stints with other units ended up on the west coast, where he was invited to join Lionel Hamptons new band. In fact, Hampton had wanted Jacquets section-mate in the Larkin band, tenor saxophonist Arnett Cobb, but when Cobb refused to leave Hampton took Jacquet on condition he switch instruments. Jacquet took the plunge and his solo on Hamptons 1942 recording of Flying Home established him as a major figure in jazz. Indeed, his solo was eventually integrated into subsequent performances of the tune.
At the end of 1942, when Cobb finally agreed to leave Larkin and join Hampton, Jacquet moved on first to Cab Calloway and then to...
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