Anyone can appreciate Jackie without having to be a music fanatic, a "jazz head" or without knowing anything about Jackie's life. However, his story is a remarkable part of the history of jazz.
He toured with and performed with the Charlie Parker Quintet which included Miles Davis, Max Roach, Duke Jordan and Tommy Potter.
Jackie introduced the first vocal recording of Thelonious Monk's classic standard "Round Midnight". He was one of Charles Mingus' favorite singers, and was the first vocal artist on Mingus' label Debut, recording "Portrait" and "Paris in Blue", which Mingus wrote for him.
He toured and performed with the Lionel Hampton Big Band for two years, where he was billed as "The Voice"