This day (July 22, 2004), in Queens, New York, died Illinois Jacquet, an American jazz and R&B tenor saxophonist.
Wikipedia : This day (July 22, 2004), in Queens, New York, died Illinois Jacquet, an American jazz and R&B tenor saxophonist.
Illinois Jacquet : His classic solo on “Flying Home” recorded with the Lionel Hampton Band at Decca Records in New York City, on May 26, 1942, catapulted Jacquet to international fame and the solo became more famous than the song itself.
@ Swingmusic.net : Although he may be best remembered as the tenor saxophonist who defined the screeching style of playing the instrument, his warm and sensitive tone may also be heard on countless jazz ballads and medium groove-tempo numbers since the mid 1940s.
@last.fm : Although he was a pioneer of the honking tenor sax that became a regular feature of jazz playing and a hallmark of rock and roll, he was a skilled and melodic improviser, both on up-tempo tunes and ballads.