Roy Eldridge

Born 30 January 1911. Died 26 February 1989
Roy Eldridge
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1911-01-30
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Roy Eldridge

Roy Eldridge Biography (BBC)

One of the most vibrant and exciting trumpeters of the swing era, Roy Eldridge was the stylistic link between the pioneering playing of Louis Armstrong and the modern jazz of Dizzy Gillespie. He developed his rapid technique by playing saxophone exercises on trumpet, and he began his career in the territory bands of the Midwest.

He made his first discs with Teddy Hill's Orchestra in 1935, before going on to join Fletcher Henderson. He also recorded widely as a freelance, making excellent discs with Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson and Lionel Hampton among others, and becoming famous as the leading trumpeter of the day.

In 1936 he formed his own band in Chicago and he continued to lead groups of varying size from octets to full-size big bands until 1941 when he joined Krupa's Orchestra. As an African-American soloist in a white band, Eldridge endured racial prejudice and had similar experiences when featured with Artie Shaw in 1944, and despite some brilliant discs with both bands, including Drop me Off Uptown and Little Jazz respectively, he returned to leading his own groups.

He felt marginalised by the arrival of bebop and went to Paris where he made some excellent recordings, before coming back to the USA, where he became a figurehead of the mainstream swing style. He was often featured on Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts, and had a long musical partnership with Coleman Hawkins.

In 1970, he began leading the house band at Ryan's jazz club in New York. His trumpeting career was ended by a stroke in 1980, but he continued to make public appearances, often as a singer. His brother Joe (1908-1952) was a saxophonist and often worked with Roy.

Roy Eldridge Biography (Wikipedia)

David Roy Eldridge (January 30, 1911 – February 26, 1989), 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 dominant style of 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.

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Blues In C Sharp Minor
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Blues In C Sharp Minor
Arthur Johnston
Moon Song
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Moon Song
Roy Eldridge
Gofor
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Gofor
Billie Holiday
God bless the child
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God bless the child
Anita O’Day
Let Me Off Uptown
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Let Me Off Uptown
Roy Eldridge
Easter Parade
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Easter Parade
Roy Eldridge
Royal Garden Blues
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Royal Garden Blues
Roy Eldridge
Sweet Georgia Brown
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Sweet Georgia Brown
Sidney Mitchell
Thanks for the Boogie Ride
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Thanks for the Boogie Ride
Anita O’Day
Watch The Birdie
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Watch The Birdie
Gene Krupa and His Orchestra
In The Middle Of May (feat. Roy Eldridge)
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In The Middle Of May (feat. Roy Eldridge)
Charles Mingus
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
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Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
Roy Eldridge
The Walker
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The Walker
Roy Eldridge
The Gasser
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The Gasser

The Gasser

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Roy Eldridge Orchestra
Roy Eldridge
Rockin' Chair
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Rockin' Chair
Roy Eldridge
Sittin' In
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Sittin' In
Roy Eldridge
Heckler's Hop
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Heckler's Hop
Roy Eldridge
Wabash Stomp
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Wabash Stomp
Roy Eldridge
Blues In C Sharp Minor
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Blues In C Sharp Minor
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Christopher Columbus
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Christopher Columbus
Roy Eldridge
How Long Has This Been Going On?
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How Long Has This Been Going On?
Anita O’Day
Let Me Off Up Town
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Let Me Off Up Town
Roy Eldridge
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
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Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
Roy Eldridge
Tu Disais Que Tu M’aimais
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Tu Disais Que Tu M’aimais
Roy Eldridge
Forty-Six West 52
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Forty-Six West 52
Chu Berry, Roy Eldridge, Clyde Hart, Danny Barker, Artie Shapiro, Sid Catlett & Chu Berry
Sittin' In
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Sittin' In

Sittin' In

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Chu Berry
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Leon "Chu" Berry
Warmin' Up
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Warmin' Up
Leon "Chu" Berry
Stealin' Apples
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Stealin' Apples
Roy Eldridge
Swing is Here
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Swing is Here
Lester Young
Gigantic Blues
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Gigantic Blues
Anita O’Day
Watch The Birdie
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Watch The Birdie
Billie Holiday
God bless the child
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God bless the child
Billie Holiday
A Sunbonnet Blue (And a Yellow Straw Hat)
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A Sunbonnet Blue (And a Yellow Straw Hat)
Gene Harris
Let me off uptown
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Let me off uptown
Roy Eldridge
Night In Tunisia
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Night In Tunisia
Roy Eldridge
Florida Stomp
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Florida Stomp
Jimmy Witherspoon
Ain't Nobody's Business
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Ain't Nobody's Business
Billie Holiday
What A Little Moonlight Can Do
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What A Little Moonlight Can Do
George Duvivier
Hanid
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Hanid

Hanid

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George Duvivier
Coleman Hawkins
Coleman Hawkins
Hank Jones
Micky Sheen
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Coleman Hawkins
Roy Eldridge
5400 North
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5400 North
Sonny Stitt
Blues For Bags
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Blues For Bags
Gene Ramey
I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
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I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
Sonny Stitt
Monitor Blues
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Monitor Blues
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