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David Roy Eldridge (January 30, 1911 - February 26, 1989), commonly known as Roy Eldridge, and nicknamed "Little Jazz", was an American jazz trumpet player. His sophisticated use of harmony, including the use of tritone substitutions, his virtuosic solos exhibiting a departure from the smooth and lyrical style of earlier jazz trumpet innovator Louis Armstrong, and his strong impact on Dizzy Gillespie mark him as one of the most influential musicians of the swing era and a precursor of bebop. Early life: Eldridge was born on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 30, 1911, to parents Alexander, a carpenter, and Blanche, a gifted pianist with a talent for reproducing music by ear, a trait that Eldridge claimed to have inherited from her. Eldridge began playing the piano at the age of five; he claims to have been able to play coherent blues licks at even this young age. The young Eldridge looked up to his older brother, Joe Eldridge (born Joseph Eldridge, 1908, North...

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On Jul 29, 2011. 11:24am
Christopher Lynch said

Nice to see 'Little Jazz' in these pages.Oh to have been hanging around at Minton's all those years ago when Roy, Diz and all that gang were establishing the 'new music'.

On Sep 9, 2017. 2:56pm
Hans van Meurs said

Great track; Roy at his best - saw him live at festival hall long time ago (1965?) maybe with the Duke.

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