Illinois Jacquet Foundation Benefit WeekendPhoenix, AZMay 17-19, 2013The 2013 Desert Winds Jazz Weekend celebrated the six-decade career of the late saxophonist Illinois Jacquet with three events that raised $10,000 for jazz scholarships and music education programs in Arizona. The Desert Winds designation was taken from the title of Jacquet's 1964 album for Argo.Predictably, the opening concert featured a lengthy rendition of Flying Home," played by a college-age band, Mudsaw, at The Nash, the Phoenix education-performance center operated by non-profit Jazz in Arizona (Jazz in AZ). The 1942 record hit by vibraphonist Lionel Hampton's Orchestra propelled ...read more
Bandleader Illinois Jacquet suffered a heart attack and passed away at age 81, just six days after this ninety-minute, July 16th, 2004 plaza concert at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing. It was his favorite engagement, his band's seventeenth appearance for the series. The previous May, the Juilliard School had awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Music degree and The Illinois Jacquet Scholarship in Jazz Studies has since been established to honor the memory of the saxophonist. This two-CD set captures the live excitement that surrounded Jacquet's big band and the musical swing that had driven him from the very beginning. ...read more
Just one day after my tribute/obit to the death of Eddie Green and Arthur Harper, Illinois Jacquet, perhaps the most exciting tenor sax of the glory years, died at 81 from a heart attack.I was pretty much determined not to write another obit inasmuch as I had already done another in my prior column. Obits were the first stories I was assigned when I started my professional journalism life working as a daily newspaper reporter for the White Plains (N.Y.) Reporter Dispatch. So much for good intentions. Illinois was much to much a part of my jazz journey ...read more
The recent passing of jazz impresario Norman Granz brought to mind his Jazz at the Philharmonic series of concerts, and that brought to mind the person of Illinois Jacquet, who was a popular fixture at many of the JATP concerts.Jean Baptiste Illinois" Jacquet was merely 19 years old when, as a member of Lionel Hampton's band, he blew a tenor solo on Flying Home" that became a classic and oft-imitated solo. It was so popular that Jacquet was called upon to play the same solo in live performances rather than improvise a new one. He continued ... read more
Illinois Jacquet has a rocking good time.
Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet is one of the last of the big tenors. LabelM's re-release of Jacquet's big band Atlantic Recording Jacquet's Got It is more than welcome. The majority of big band music being made today is experimental and progressive. While the UMO Jazz Orchestra and Pierre Dorge and the New Jungle Orchestra are creative vital forces in the genre, a band like that on Jacquet's Got It swings with an effortless abandon that is infectious and uncomplicated. Like Mozart's music, the pieces on this album require no digestion. These sound circle ...read more