Bull Moose Jackson
Benjamin Clarence Jackson, 22 April 1919, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 31 July 1989, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Jackson become interested in music at an early age, and received singing and violin lessons by the age of four. In high school he learned to play the saxophone, and upon his graduation in the late 30s he was hired by legendary trumpeter Freddie Webster to play alto and tenor with his Harlem Hotshots. Living briefly in Buffalo, New York, in the early 40s, Jackson returned to Cleveland to a job at the Cedar Gardens, where in 1944, he was discovered by band leader Lucky Millinder who needed a musician to replace tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson. Initially recording simply as a talented accompanist with Millinders orchestra on Decca Records and as a guest musician with Big Sid Catletts band on Capitol Records, Jackson astounded his colleagues by substituting for blues shouter Wynonie Harris one night in Lubbock, Texas. He remained a part of the...