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Jacquet, (Jean-Baptiste) Illinois locked

  • Marcello Piras

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(b Broussard, nr Lafayette, LA, Oct 31, 1922; d New York, NY, July 22, 2004). American saxophonist, bassoonist, composer, and bandleader. Born to a black Creole father and a Sioux mother—in a musical family, which had moved to Texas by 1923—he grew up onstage, sang on the air at three, and tap-danced before his father’s band in Houston. He learned the drums, then soprano and alto saxophone, which he played in Milt Larkin’s band (...

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