Roy Eldridge, trumpeter
birth name: David Roy Eldridge

Roy Eldridge

January 30, 1911, Pittsburgh, PA ~ February 26, 1989, Valley Stream, NY

Roy Eldridge's bold and harmonic bounce tested the trumpet's limits during the Swing Era, and sparked a new appreciation for the horn: his rhythmic passages laced with tritone substitutions forged the link between Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. ~ Roy Eldridge ~ retrieved June 8, 2013 ©

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One of the most exciting trumpeters to emerge during the swing era, Roy Eldridge's combative approach, chance-taking style and strong musicianship were an inspiration (and an influence) to the next musical generation, most notably Dizzy Gillespie. Although he sometimes pushed himself farther than he could go, Eldridge never played a dull solo. ~ Allmusic: Roy Eldridge ~ retrieved June 8, 2013 © Allmusic

Roy Eldridge ~ Inducted in the 1985 Big Band And Jazz Hall Of Fame.

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