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Illinois Jacquet Collection MSS.0403

Descriptive Summary

Creator Jacquet, Illinois, Performer.
Title: Illinois Jacquet Collection
Identification: MSS.0403
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet, 1doc. box, 2 cassette tapes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Born in Broussard, Louisiana, in 1922, Illinois Jacquet moved to Houston when he was six months old. His father was a bassist with a railroad company band, and he had three brothers who were also musicians. Jacquet started on soprano and alto sax in the late 1930s and played with Lionel Proctor, Bob Cooper, and Milton Larkin's bands. He went to the West Coast in 1941 and there joined Lionel Hampton, in whose band his solo on "Flying Home" attracted wide attention and, in effect, started a whole new school of "big-toned, extrovert, erotic tenor sax stylists." He worked with Cab Calloway from 1943 to 1944 and Count Basie from 1945 to 1946, then alternated between touring with his own band and JATP units from 1983, playing frequently for the remainder of his life.

Scope and Contents

The material in the Illinois Jacquet Collection chronicles the beginning of Mr. Jacquet's life and his musical career. The collection consists of a comprehensive taped interview of Mr. Jacquet over the course of two meetings over the span of two months. The interview is completely transcribed to 35 pages of text.


The oral history tapes are housed with the Oral History Collection OH 471, separate from MSS 403-the Illinois Jacquet Collection.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Illinois Jacquet Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Index Terms

Basie, Count, 1904-1984
Cole, Nat King, 1917-1965
Hampton, Lionel
Haynes, George
Horne, Lewis, 1932-
Jacquet, Illinois
Larkin, Milton
Milton Larkin Orchestra (Musical group)
Phyllis Wheatley High School (Houston, Tex.)
African Americans--Texas
Jazz musicians--Texas--Houston
Third Ward (Houston, Tex.)

Related Archival Materials note

MSS 345 Jimmy Ford Collection

MSS 322 Arnett Cobb Collection

MSS 252 Milton Larkin Collection

MSS 337 Jewel Brown Collection

MSS 442 Herb Brochstein Collection

MSS 390 Campbell Tolbert Collection

MSS 349 I.H. Smalley Collection

MSS 336 Florence "Bu" Pleasant Collection

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Illinois Jacquet Collection. Collection Number MSS 403. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Illinois Jacquet and George Haynes, June 1, 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by: Charles Stephenson and Tammy Jordan, April 7, 2007.

Digitized Materials

An oral history related to this collection is available at: http://digital.houstonlibrary.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/Interviews/id/10/rec/2

Other digitized material related to this collection is available at: http://digital.houstonlibrary.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/images/id/4509/rec/69

Detailed Description of the Collection

Oral History Interview

Box Folder
1 1 Personal interview transcript, 6/1/1990
2 Business cards