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My friend and colleague Lew Entin of Lew Entin Theatrical Enterprises often represented Illinois Jacquet,
Buddy Tate, and Arnett Cobb on many bookings throughout their music careers of the past decades during the 1950s and 1960s.  
Illinois Jacquet was raised in Houston, Texas where he
began playing drums and soprano sax during his high school years.
After performing with various local bands, he moved to the West Coast and joined Lionel Hampton as a tenor saxophonist and gained popularity for his 64-bar solo on the original
Lionel Hampton recording of “Flying Home.” 


Illinois Jacquet toured nationally and recorded with many "Jazz At The Philharmonic" (JATP) concerts that were produced by Norman Granz during the 1940’s and ‘50s as a principal soloist. Along with tenor men Buddy Tate and Arnett  Cobb, their hard-driving full tone swinging approach of playing became known as the “Texas tenor style.” He is also known as a master showman of the tenor saxophone. 

(Jazz Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow - pg.101)


CALIFORNIA - "A Walk Down The Corridors Of JAZZ"

The early jazz and blues contribution to the music scene came after World War II, this would indicate some downplay in popularity.
A widely used misleading term "West Coast Jazz" sometimes may indicate sort of a more lighter and lilting sound originated by mostly the Ivy League set; not true in all cases.
"Jazz at the Philharmonic" ( JATP )  began in 1944 at the Philharmonic Auditorium located on Pershing Street in LA.
These shows were produced by Norman Granz giving much exposure to many noted musicians from both the east and west coasts.
The sound coming from these swinging house-rocking performances were far from being on the lighter side.  The early jazz and blues contribution to the music scenecame after World War II, this would indicate some downplay in popularity.
Over the years, Jazz at the Philharmonic featured many of the
era's preeminent musicians, including -
  Louie Bellson, Ray Brown, Benny Carter, Nat "King" Cole, Sonny Criss, Buddy DeFranco, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Roy Eldridge, Herb Ellis, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Bill Harris, Coleman Hawkins, J.C. Heard, Billie Holiday, Helen Humes, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Illinois Jacquet, J. J. Johnson, Hank Jones, Jo Jones, Barney Kessel, Kenny Kersey, Gene Krupa, Lou Levy, Meade Lux Lewis, Shelly Manne, Fats Navarro, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, Flip Phillips, Buddy Rich, Charlie Shavers, Willie Smith, Sonny Stitt, Slim Gaillard, Clark Terry, Tommy Turk, T-Bone Walker, Ben Webster, Lee Young and Lester Young.