Roy Eldridge & Dizzy get Funky on “Quasi-Boogaloo”

Jazz Maturity...Where It's Coming From
Jazz Maturity:Where It’s Coming From

Roy Eldridge is an amazing trumpeter, and a guy who more people should know about, and not just for his playing and his fiery spirit (legend has it that he’d go visit a rival trumpeter’s gig, take out his horn outside, and barge through the door playing a high note, storming the stage). He would challenge anybody to a cutting context, even his own trumpet idol, Rex Stewart. According to Wikipedia, he also suffered a little bit from stage fright, which is a bit surprising.

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Roy Eldridge (nicknamed “Little Jazz”) was also a groundbreaker, becoming one of the first permanent African American members of  white bands, like Gene Krupa’s band in 1941, and despite a lot of hassles because of his skin color, Eldridge toured with Artie Shaw‘s small group in 1944. Sadly, because the U.S. culture was so idiotic about race at the time, Eldridge quit because he didn’t want to deal with the abuse any more.

Roy Eldridge is one of Dizzy‘s idols and had a huge influence on Dizzy’s style. Hearing them go at it on this track is pretty amazing, especially considering Eldridge was 64 at the time, and still smokin’, though you really should hear him at his height.

Here they’re playing Quasi-Boogaloo with Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Mickey Roker on the skins, this is a fun and funky track from the album Jazz Maturity.

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