A fine bassist, Chubby Jackson is best-known for his association with Woody Herman's first two Herds
of the mid-to late '40s, where he functioned not only in the rhythm section but as a sort-of
cheerleader whose vocal interjections really pushed the band. Although he started on the clarinet when
he was 16, Jackson soon switched to bass and was a professional by the time he was 19, playing with
many big bands, including those led by Raymond Scott, Jan Savitt, and Henry Busse.
After touring with Charlie Barnet from 1941 to 1943 (sometimes with Oscar Pettiford as the second
bassist), Jackson joined Woody Herman's transitional orchestra and was partly responsible for the
group adding many young modernists to the personnel, resulting in the First Herd