Roy Eldridge or Little Jazz Roy (1911-1989) was an American trumpet, singer & piano player.
A child prodigy, he started his career in 1917 when he played for his elder’s brother band. In 1930, he went to New York city and played for bands led by Cecil Scott, Elmer Snowden, and Teddy Hill. During his career, he worked with many great musicians such as Fletcher Henderson, Billie Holiday, Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw, Anita O’Day, Coleman Hawkins, Jo Jones, Benny Carter and Don Byas.
His early style was influenced by that of Coleman Hawkins. By the time he was playing for Hill at the Savoy Ballroom, in 1935 he was developing into an improviser of magnificent power and invention. He is considered one of the most influential musicians of the swing era and one of the greatest jazz trumpet players, representing a link between the classical style of Louis Armstrong and that of Dizzy Gillespie, who testified to Eldridge’s influence upon him.
On Jan. 30, Eldridge would have been 100. We celebrate The Little Jazz Centennial sharing some of his amazing performances and music.
Videos featuring Roy Eldridge:
Anita O’Day and Roy Eldridge with the Gene Krupa Orchestra in “Let Me Off Uptown” (1942)
After Hours 1959
Roy Eldridge 1961 with Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax, Johnny Guarnieri, Barry Gailbraith, Milt Hinton & Cozy Cole
Spotify list with Roy Eldridge’s music. ⤵️ Enjoy! 🙂