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Illinois Jacquet Biography

American jazz saxophonist (tenor), composer and bandleader. He also doubled on bassoon, being one of the few jazz players to master that instrument.

Played with big bands of Lionel Hampton (1942), Cab Calloway (1943-'44), Count Basie (1945-'46).

After playing the first "Jazz at the Philharmonic", Jacques formed his own band (which also included his brother Russell Jacquet, a trumpet player) with which recorded excellent albums for various labels.

Younger brother to trumpeter Russell Jacquet

Born : October 31, 1922 in Broussard, Louisiana.

Died : July 22, 2004 in Queens, New York City, New York.

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