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Jean-Baptiste Illinois Jacquet (October 31, 1922 - July 22, 2004) was a jazz tenor saxophonist most famous for his solo on "Flying Home". He is better known simply as Illinois Jacquet. Although he was a pioneer of the honking tenor sax that became a regular feature of jazz playing and a hallmark of rock and roll, he 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… read more

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  • Avatar for Kirowatt
    wonderful tone
  • Avatar for Druid66
    Why do so many rock groups feature tenor sax? My guess is: because of this guy. (-:
  • Avatar for akrde
    Wow, he's great... :) #nowlistening
  • Avatar for strajnic
    Grand-Grand-Daddy of Rock'n'Roll!
  • Avatar for PandaGetSad
    Illinois Jacquet's best sound
  • Avatar for Rapscallion87
    what a player! tragically underappreciated.

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