Fred Jackson (saxophonist)

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Fred Jackson
Born1929 (age 94–95)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
GenresR&B, jazz, soul
Instrument(s)Tenor saxophone
Years active1950s–1960s
LabelsBlue Note

Fred Jackson (born 1929) is an American rhythm and blues 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, later 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[edit]

As sideman/guest[edit]

With Baby Face Willette

With Big John Patton

With Lloyd Price

With Piano Red

  • The Atlanta Blues


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  2. ^ Burke, Tony (Winter 1987). "Be Good or Be Gone". Blues Unlimited (148–149). London, England: BU Publications: 53. 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. ISBN 9780879307448. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Fred Jackson". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
  5. ^ Dahl, Bill (September–October 1989). "Little Richard: The Formative Years". Living Blues (88). Oxford, Mississippi: University of Mississippi: 55–56. ISSN 0024-5232. OCLC 3759004.
  6. ^ Dahl, Bill (2001). Motown: The Golden Years. Iola, WI: Krause. p. 57. ISBN 978-0-87349-286-7. Retrieved 2011-11-09.