Illinois Jacquet is one of the artists who got a hit early on in his career, which he then had to play at every gig, or the crowd might have been disappointed. His hit was "Flying Home", which he recorded at 19 years of age.

Jacquet originally played his famous solo on the Hampton Orchestra's recording. During his career he was in Cab Calloway's Orchestra and the Count Basie Orchestra, and also had a smaller band with Charles Mingus and his own brother, Russell.

Illinois Jacquet flew home in 2004.

Jean-Baptiste "Illinois" Jacquet (October 30, 1922 – July 22, 2004)