Roy Eldridge

Born: 
01/30/1911
City: 
Pittsburgh
Region: 
Pennsylvania
Country: 
USA
Died: 
02/26/1989
Years Active: 
1930's-1980's
Instruments: 
Trumpet
Image Credit: 
William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress

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Roy David Eldridge, nicknamed "Little Jazz", was an American jazz trumpet player. His sophisticated use of harmony, including the use of tritone substitutions, his virtuosic solos and his strong influence on Dizzy Gillespie mark him as one of the most exciting musicians of the swing era and a precursor of bebop.