Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story

Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story

Director: Arthur Elgort Cast: Walter Blanding Jr., Kenneth Bolds, Hugh Brodie



This isn't a film about a singer from the Lone Star state. "Texas Tenor" is a style of playing the saxophone which brings out its big sound and biggest volume. This documentary does a creditable job of exploring the life and times of the popularly unknown jazz and R&B saxophone legend Illinois Jacquet. He has played with most of the greats and almost single-handedly developed a rompin'-stompin' saxophone sound which has been a feature of great R&B ever since. A virtuoso performer with masterful phrasing, he became a star in the 1940s under the tutelage of Lionel Hampton, who had him change from alto to tenor sax and then gave him the opportunity to record an epochal solo in "Flying Home." In addition to past and current performance and backstage footage, many jazz and rhythm and blues greats comment on Jacquet's playing and his place in music history. Some jazz-knowledgeable reviewers, evidently hoping for an entirely different and more erudite treatment, expressed disappointment in this documentary, others lauded it as one of the best ever made.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/05/1995
UPC: 0745475902137
Original Release: 1991
Rating: NR
Source: Rhapsody Films

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Walter Blanding Participant
Kenneth Bolds Participant
Hugh Brodie Participant
Ron Della Chiesa Participant
Arnett Cobb Participant
Bob Cunningham Participant
Arthur Daniels Participant
Wild Bill Davis Participant
Dorothy Donegan Participant
Randy Eckert Participant
Harry Edison Participant
Dan Frank Participant
Dizzy Gillespie Participant
David C. Glasser Participant
Frank Gordon Participant
John Gordon Participant
Dick Griffin Participant
John Grimes Participant
Larry Ham Participant
Lionel Hampton Participant
Matt Haviland Participant
Hibbler Participant
Milt Hinton Participant
Mona Hinton Participant
Matthew Hong Participant
Javon Jackson Participant
Illinois Jacquet Participant
Jonah Jones Participant
Jim Leff Participant
Emilio Lyons Participant
Dan Morgenstern Participant
Pat O'Leary Participant
Tom Olin Participant
Cecil Payne Participant
Bob Porter Participant
Edward Preston Participant
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Participant
Sonny Rollins Participant
Joshua Roseman Participant
Rudy Rutherford Participant
Gary Sargent Participant
John Simon Participant
Irwin Stokes Participant
Buddy Tate Participant
Clark Terry Participant
Aubrey Tucker Participant
Marik Vos-Lundh Participant
Richard Wyands Participant

Technical Credits
Arthur Elgort Director
Ronit Avneri Producer
Paula Heredia Editor
Morten Sandtroen Cinematographer

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