Jacquet, (Jean Baptiste) “Illinois”(1922– ) jazz musician; born in Broussard, La. An outstanding tenor saxophonist, he emerged with Lionel Hampton in 1942, toured with Jazz at the Philharmonic between 1944–47, and led his own bands thereafter.
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