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Chubby Jackson

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

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball" Four Points by Sheraton at LAX Los Angeles, CA May 23-27, 2018 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Concert 4: Keen and Peachy: Music of the Woody Herman Second Herd -Directed by Michael Berkowitz ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Erik Friedlander: A Little Cello?

Read "Erik Friedlander: A Little Cello?" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Normally lumped into the 'miscellaneous instruments' category of jazz awards, the cello has been something of a bit player in the colorful history of jazz. That said, today there are arguably more cellists in jazz and contemporary improvised music--and some extraordinary ones at that--than ever before. One of the best known cellists is undoubtedly Erik Friedlander, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Chubby Jackson: Entitled to You

Chubby Jackson: Entitled to You

One of the hippest big-band albums of 1957 was Chubby Jackson's I'm Entitled to You. And that's saying something, since virtually everything Jackson recorded was with-it and explosive. Jackson not only was a pistol, he also was a brilliant bassist and band leader who attracted the most fiery arrangers and best players. From my conversations with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Glenn Zottola: A Jazz Life - The Early Years

Read "Glenn Zottola: A Jazz Life - The Early Years" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 World-renown trumpeter, saxophonist, musical director, producer and entrepreneur. These are but a mere handful of words that describe the vast talent in Glenn Zottola's bag of musical marvels. There are others: child prodigy, creative genius, “musical natural" and aural savant also percolate rapidly to mind. Now ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Chubby Jackson: New York, 1949

Chubby Jackson: New York, 1949

In 1944, bebop was virtually ignored by the country's jazz fans—except those in New York, where the new style had first been recorded earlier that year. Viewed initially as unintelligible gibberish and way too fast for dancing, the new style was too complicated. Few musicians could play it authentically, since too few bebop recordings were on ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Duffy Jackson: Big Band Drummer

Duffy Jackson: Big Band Drummer

Virtually every photo taken of Chubby Jackson shows the bassist smiling or laughing. In the 1940s and '50s, Jackson played in Woody Herman's band starting in 1943 and remained intermittently through the 1970s, leading his own bands and small groups along the way. Chubby was known for his on-stage exuberance and keeping bandmembers' spirits high. His ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

A Great Day in Harlem: The Spirit Lives - 50 Years On

Read "A Great Day in Harlem: The Spirit Lives - 50 Years On" reviewed by Ian Patterson

This encore presentation from January 2009 celebrates Jean Bach, director of A Great Day in Harlem. Ms. Bach died on May 27th at her home in Manhattan. She was 94.It is probably the most celebrated ensemble jazz portrait of all time. Fifty-seven of the greatest jazz musicians gathered together on the steps of a ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Woody Herman: Blue Flame - Portrait Of A Legend

Read "Woody Herman: Blue Flame - Portrait Of A Legend" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Woody HermanBlue Flame--Portrait Of A LegandJazzed Media 2012Born on May 16, 1913, Woodrow Charles “Woody" Herman is the subject of this feature-length documentary, produced by Jazzed Media's Graham Carter in association with Al Julian's The Woody Herman Society in recognition of the clarinetist, saxophonist, singer, bandleader and American ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Woody Herman: Blue Flame - Portrait Of A Jazz Legend

Read "Woody Herman: Blue Flame - Portrait Of A Jazz Legend" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Woody HermanBlue Flame: Portrait Of A Jazz LegendJazzed Media2012 Innovation and boundary pushing is often seen as a young man's game, so the obvious question is, how did clarinetist/saxophonist/vocalist/bandleader extraordinaire Woody Herman manage to keep things fresh for virtually his entire half-century run? The answer is so ...


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