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First Class Overview of a Classic Jazz Artist

If you've never had the treat of listening to Roy Eldridge, this is a great beginning. "Little Jazz" was a trumpet star in the swing era, went through a lot of changes breaking the color barrier with Gene Krupa, and is generally regarded as the 'thread' connecting the earlier New Orleans -style trumpet (actually coronet) of Louis Armstrong to bebop's Dizzy Gillespie, however much of an oversimplification as that may be. Here's Roy in full bloom, playing full bore, mainly culled from his LPs in the '50's for Norman Granz' Verve Records. Awesome!


Born: January 30, 1911 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

One of the most exciting trumpeters to emerge during the swing era, Roy Eldridge's combative approach, chance-taking style and strong musicianship were an inspiration (and an influence) to the next musical generation, most notably Dizzy Gillespie. Although he sometimes pushed himself farther than he could go, Eldridge never played a dull solo. Roy Eldridge started out playing trumpet and drums in carnival and circus bands. With the Nighthawk Syncopators he received a bit of attention by playing...
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