Illinois Jacquet was an innovative jazz saxophonist, possibly best remembered for his soaring high note technique and passionate performance on Lionel Hampton’s 1942 recording of “Flying Home”.  Although he was a jazz musician from head to toe, that performance is regarded to be the first R&B sax solo ever recorded and was a forerunner of the distinctive saxophone sounds of early Rock ‘N Roll.  When I interviewed him on the phone, I engaged an open friendly voice that pulled you in, much the same way he played his horn.