Milt Jackson

Genres: Jazz Musicals & The Arts R&B / Soul
Tags: jazz vibraphone bebop jazz vibraphone vibes Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 January 1923, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 9 October 1999, New York City, New York, USA. Jackson’s first professional engagement, at the age of 16, was in his home town, playing the vibraphone alongside tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson (one year his junior). Jackson benefited from the 40s loose attitude towards band personnel, spending six years accompanying visiting musicians, as well as studying at Michigan State University. In 1945, Dizzy Gillespie heard him and invited him to join his band for a west coast tour. Later moving to New York, the brilliant young vibes player found himself much in demand, playing and recording with Howard McGhee and Thelonious Monk (including Monk’s classic 1951 session for Blue Note Records). A spell with Woody Herman (1949-50) and more work with Gillespie established him as the pre-eminent player on his instrument.

Jackson’s recording debut as a leader was for Gillespie’s Dee Gee label in...

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