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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Roy David Eldridge was a jazz trumpet player in the Swing era. His sophisticated use of harmony, including the use of tritone substitutions, resulted in him sometimes being seen as the link between Louis Armstrong-era swing music and Dizzy Gillespie-era bebop. Roy's rhythmic power to swing a band was a dynamic trademark of the Swing Era. ~ All about Jazz: Roy Eldridge ~ retrieved June 8, 2013 © All About Jazz

Roy Eldridge ~ Inducted in the 1971 Downbeat Jazz Hall Of Fame (Critics' Choice).

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