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One of my favorite tenor solos off Kamakiriad is attributed to Illinois Elohainu.
Just the kind of pseudonym you'd expect from a verbally clever Jewish kid who was getting heavily into jazz back at the beginning of the sixties right around the time of his Bar Mitzvah. For those who don't know, the most important prayer in Jewish worship is the Shema, which in Hebrew goes Shema Yisroel Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echod and in English means Hear Oh Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One where Adonai (pronounced Ah-doh-nois) means Lord and Eloheinu means Our God.

While preparing to be Bar Mitzvahed at age 13 you spend two years worth of Friday evenings and Saturday mornings attending religious services. That means you get to hear and recite that litany hundreds of times, and of course if you continue going to synagogue in the ensuing years, even more times. It's no stretch to see the bored adolescent (or adult) ***en coming up with this name by substituting Illinois for Adonai because they rhyme and sound so similar (the third syllable is pronounced exactly the same in both despite the spelling differences). What I wonder is whether it was just idle wordplay or shows a conscious reverence towards the great Illinois Jacquet, since Illinois Eloheinu does translate as Illinois is our God.

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