Ali Jackson (jazz bassist)

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Ali Jackson (died 1987[1]), also known as Al Jackson, was a jazz bassist and composer.

His composition "Prayer to the East" was the title track of Yusef Lateef's 1957 album.[2]

In the late 1940s, Jackson was a member of a quartet, the AHJOs, named after the initials of each musician: Ali, "Hac", Joe (tenor saxophonist Joe Alexander) and Oliver, his brother.[3]

He was briefly in the house band at the Blue Bird Inn, led by Billy Mitchell (together with his brother).[3]

In the 1980s he performed in his brother's quintet, which toured and recorded in Europe. The line-up of the Oliver Jackson Quintet that performed in Switzerland in 1984 comprised Oliver Jackson, Arnett Cobb, Irving Stokes, tp - Claude Black, and Ali Jackson.[4]

Jr. Hill, one of Ali's students posted a 1972 article from the Detroit News at - His son, Ali Jackson, Jr., is a jazz drummer.


As sideman