Fred Jackson (saxophonist)

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Fred Jackson
Born 1929
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, US
Genres R&B, jazz, soul
Instruments Tenor saxophone
Years active 1950s–1960s
Labels Blue Note

Fred Jackson is an R&B and jazz tenor saxophonist.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia,[1][2][3] Jackson began his career as an R&B saxophonist.[4] He performed in Little Richard's band from 1951 until 1953.[4] Jackson also accompanied vocalist Billy Wright, appearing on several recordings for Savoy Records.[3] Later in the decade, he joined vocalist Lloyd Price's band, performing in concert tours during a peak in Price's popularity.[4] Jackson also served as the bandleader for vocalist Chuck Willis.[5] In 1961, Jackson recorded with B.B. King.[4]

Jackson began making jazz recordings during the early 1960s, accompanying soul jazz organists such as John Patton and Baby Face Willette on several Blue Note albums.[4] In 1962, he recorded one album, Hootin' 'n Tootin', under his own name for Blue Note.[1][4] (The album's organist, Earl Van Dyke, joined The Funk Brothers at Motown.[6]) Jackson led a subsequent recording session for Blue Note, but these tracks were not released until 1998, when they were appended to the CD edition of Hootin' 'n Tootin'.[4]

After the mid-1960s, Jackson continued playing R&B and soul music but largely disappeared from the jazz scene.[4]


As Leader

With Baby Face Willette

With Big John Patton


  1. ^ a b Living Blues (Oxford, MS: Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Univ. of Miss.) (182-187): 8. 2006. ISSN 0024-5232. OCLC 3759004. 
  2. ^ Blues Unlimited (London: BU Publications Ltd.) (148-149): 53. 1988. ISSN 0006-5153. 
  3. ^ a b Dahl, Bill (2003). "Billy Wright". All Music Guide to Soul: The Definitive Guide to R&B and Soul. allmusic. V. Bogdanov, C. Woodstra, S. Erlewine. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard. p. 777. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Erlewine, Steven Thomas. Fred Jackson at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
  5. ^ Living Blues (Oxford, MS: Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Univ. of Miss.) (84-89): 56. 1989. ISSN 0024-5232. OCLC 3759004. 
  6. ^ Dahl, Bill (2001). Motown: The Golden Years. Iola, WI: Krause. ISBN 978-0-87349-286-7. Retrieved 2011-11-09.