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Roy Eldridge

David Roy Eldridge (January 30, 1911 – February 26, 1989), commonly known as Roy Eldridge, and nicknamed Little Jazz, was an American jazz trumpet player.
The Explosive Jazz Trumpeter: Roy Eldridge
When we talk about jazz and trumpet players, there are certain artists who simply stand out and Roy Eldridge is one of them. He was an American jazz musician known for his virtuosity on the trumpet and his explosive energetic playing style. Roy Eldridge's musical career is filled with fascinating stories and milestones, and today we are going to dive deep into his life and music.
Roy Eldridge was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1911. Eldridge’s father was a skilled cornetist who heavily influenced his son musically from a young age. By the time he was a teenager, Roy Eldridge was already playing in local bands in Pittsburgh. He eventually moved to New York in the late 1920s where he played in various bands such as Elmer Snowden's Black and White Scandals and Charlie Johnson's Paradise Ten.
Roy Eldridge’s music genre ranged from swing jazz to bebop. However, he mainly played swing jazz which helped revolutionize and bring a new energy to the genre. Eldridge was innovative in his playing style and his solos were always executed with the utmost precision, power and speed. Some of his most famous recordings include Rockin' Chair and After You've Gone both of which showcase his amazing and dynamic range.
One of Roy’s career highlights was in 1939 when he joined the legendary Benny Goodman Orchestra, which was during one of the height points of Goodman‘s career. During his time with the band, he recorded some memorable tracks including Don’t Be That Way and Mission To Moscow. He also made a memorable cameo appearance in the Goodman lead biographical movie, The Benny Goodman Story.
Eldridge performed some unforgettable concerts throughout his career. An especially memorable one was the famous 1957 Newport Jazz Festival where he played a set with the likes of Coleman Hawkins, Jo Jones, Thelonious Monk, and other jazz legends. His performance at the festival was an instant hit with the audience, and it was a defining moment for his musical career.
Roy Eldridge also received countless awards and honors for his contribution to jazz music. He received the National Medal of Arts in 1982 and he was inducted into the DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1988. He even received the Jazz Master Award in 1989, from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Roy Eldridge was one of the most exciting and dynamic musicians in the history of jazz. His legacy lives on in his classic recordings and his influence can still be heard in jazz music today. He took the trumpet to new heights and his innovative and dynamic style of playing inspired countless musicians over the years. Anyone who is a fan of jazz should listen to Roy Eldridge's music. It is an experience that remains unforgettable and exhilarating.


1 - Jump Through The Window
2 - After You've Gone
3 - Minor Jive
4 - Fish Market
5 - Algo Bueno
6 - I Still Love Him So
7 - Little Jazz
8 - Embraceable You
9 - The Gasser
10 - Stardust
11 - Wabash Stomp
12 - Florida Stomp
13 - Body And Soul
14 - Willow Weep For Me
15 - King Of The Bongo Bong
16 - Heckler's Hop
17 - Echoes Of Harlem
18 - I Remember Harlem
19 - The Man I Love
20 - If I Had You
21 - Une Petite Laitue
22 - St. Louis Blues
23 - Basin Street Blues
24 - That Thing
25 - Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
26 - Where The Lazy River Goes By
27 - Twilight Time
28 - Blues In C Sharp Minor