Illinois Jacquet – Saxophonist

Illinois Jacquet – Saxophonist

Name Illinois Jacquet
Profession Saxophonist
Date of Birth 1922-10-31
Place of Birth Broussard, LA
Age 81 yrs
Death Date 2004-07-22
Birth Sign Scorpio

About Illinois Jacquet

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.

Early Life of Illinois Jacquet

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.


He started a band with his brother and Charles Mingus in 1944.

Family 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.

Associated With

He was in Jammin’ the Blues with Lester Young, a film that was nominated for an Academy Award.

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