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Roy Eldridge (Trumpet)

Born: 30th January 1911, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Died: 26th February 1989, Valley Stream, New York

Nationality: American

David Roy Eldridge nicknamed "Little Jazz", was an American jazz trumpet player. His sophisticated use of harmony, including the use of tritone substitutions, his virtuosic solos exhibiting a departure from the dominant style of jazz trumpet innovator Louis Armstrong, and his strong impact on Dizzy Gillespie mark him as one of the most influential musicians of the swing era and a precursor of bebop.