Illinois Jacquet Monument to be Dedicated October 30

Classic Arts News   Illinois Jacquet Monument to be Dedicated October 30
A memorial monument for tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet, who died in 2004, will be dedicated with a public ceremony on October 30 at 2 p.m.

The monument is at the site of Jacquet's burial at the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Eugene Callendar, the pastor of St. James Presbyterian Church, will lead the ceremony; speakers include jazz scholar and disc jockey Phil Schaap.

Following the ceremony, a jazz band led by Juilliard jazz director Victor Goines will perform.

Admission is free. For more information, call 718-920-1460 or email

Jacquet was born in Louisiana and grew up in Houston. He made his most indelible mark on the jazz world at age 19, when he recorded a screeching, passionate solo for Hampton's Flying Home. The recording was a huge hit, and the solo—sometimes credited as the first rhythm and blues solo—became a nightly feature of Hampton's act.

After leaving Hampton's band, Jacquet played with Cab Calloway and Count Basie and with a series of small groups. Starting in 1981, he led his own big band. He was a revered and omnipresent figure in the last decades of his life, appearing at Bill Clinton's inaugural ball in 1993 and in annual concerts at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing series.

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