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Illinois Jacquet Foundation Benefit Weekend: Phoenix, AZ, May 17-19, 2013

Patricia Myers By

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Foundation president Carol Scherick was a classical bassoonist when she met Jacquet, after hearing him play jazz bassoon with bassist Slam Stewart at Fat Tuesday's in New York. That led her to become his manager and companion. In 1983, she arranged for Jacquet to become the first jazz musician designated as artist-in- residence at Harvard University. Jacquet said the work with students inspired him to form another big band, which then went on a European tour and performed for record crowds.

A decade later, Jacquet and then-President Bill Clinton played saxophones on "C-Jam Blues" on the White House lawn during inauguration events. Jacquet's last engagement was July 16, 2004 when he led his band at Lincoln Center in New York City; he died a week later of a heart attack at age 81.

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