Stories of family and ancestors who lived and worked in Cohoes (textile and garment workers, butchers and barbers), Waterford (canalers), Whitehall (farmers and canalers), Port Henry (iron miners and Civil War soldiers), Champlain (canalers and farmers) and other towns along the Champlain Canal in New York State with some diversions to the places they emigrated from....Quebec (landless farmers, shoemakers, sailors, soldiers), Acadia (more farmers), and even Cornwall, England (tin miners).
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Jean Baptiste "Illinois" Jacquet : Saxophone with a Big Band
This post isn't about Cohoes,Whitehall or anywhere in upstate New York AND it isn't about French Canadian families but it is interesting to me because I didn't know a thing about this person. I had never heard of him until four days ago when I drove through Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, NY and saw his memorial.....it stopped me in "my tracks". It is a beautiful memorial and naturally with a name like Jean Baptiste Jacquet, I had to find out more about him, his music and his French connection.
So I watched and listened to this...........
and a little more listening
So I am glad I discovered Jean Baptiste and his music, although a little regretful it was a post mortem discovery. Rest in peace JB Jacquet.
Very nearby Jean Baptiste's gravesite in Woodlawn is the grave of Sir Miles Davis, also with a pretty impressive piece of stonework: