Happy Birthday, Roy Eldridge
Today we celebrate the birthday of jazz trumpet great Roy Eldridge, born January 30, 1911, who would have been 102 years old today. Throughout the day today, the Daily Jazz Gazette wil be posting features on Roy Eldridge, reflecting on his life, his music and his legacy. To get the festivities under way, this feature shares this brief biography of Eldridge.
Scott Wenzel comments:
Roy Eldridge was a champion trumpeter and vocalist whose legacy, prescribed through the years by critics and historians, was that of being the link between Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. Although there were many others who could lay claim to being a link, Eldridge certainly was in the upper echelon in terms of technique and range and most certainly was a major idol and inspiration to many.
More on Roy Eldridge to come.