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Jean-Baptiste Illinois Jacquet was born on October 31, 1922 and died on July 22, 2004 of a heart attack aged 81. He was a jazz musician who developed the tenor saxophone playing style most closely associated with rock and roll and early rhythm and blues recordings. His father was a band leader and Illinois began playing with bands at the age of 15. He is associated with Lionel Hampton, the Modern Jazz Quartet and Cab Calloway. There is a monument to him in Woodlawns, The Bronx, New York.
In 1942, at age 19, Jacquet soloed on the Hampton Orchestra’s recording of “Flying Home”, one of the very first times a honking tenor sax was heard on record. The record became a hit.