Illinois Jacquet (Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet)

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Broussard, Louisiana, USA
Jacquet's mother was a Sioux Indian and his father was a French-Creole railroad worker and part-time musician. Jacquet was one of six children, and began performing at age 3, tap dancing to the sounds of his father's band. He took the nickname Illinois from the Indian word "Illiniwek," meaning superior men. When he was 19, he played the tenor saxophone solo on Lionel Hampton's "Flying Home," and it became a rhythm and blues standard. He became a legendary tenor saxophonist who played with nearly every jazz and blues luminary of his time. Read more...


Character: Himself - on Tenor Sax

Jammin' the Blues 1944