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Roy Eldridge, also referred to as “Little Jazz”, was an American jazz trumpeter. He was known for using triton substitutions on top of a sophisticated harmony. He was part of the swing area and a early player of bebop.

Roy Eldridge had a strong influence on Dizzy Gillespie. This was due to his long line of expertise as well as his musical talent. He played in many bands in New York and his influence came from great saxophonists such as Coleman Hawkins and Benny carter. He was versatile in his playing by going from double time to standard time. This helped bebop come into being.

He was a vibrant performer who took risks and embodied the soul and life of jazz. He believed that you should not play if you are going to play safe. It is this spirit that many people remember him by. Even after his stroke, he still played his instruments.

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