Oliver Jackson

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This article is about the jazz drummer. For the Australian Army officer, see Oliver David Jackson.

Oliver Jackson (April 28, 1933 – May 29, 1994), aka Bops Junior, was an American jazz drummer.


Jackson was born in Detroit, where he played in the 1940s with Thad Jones, Tommy Flanagan, and Wardell Gray, and had a variety show with Eddie Locke called Bop & Locke. After working with Yusef Lateef from 1954–56 he moved to New York, where he played regularly at the Metropole in 1957–58. Following this he worked with Teddy Wilson, Charlie Shavers (1959–61), Buck Clayton, Benny Goodman (1962), Lionel Hampton (1962–64), Kenny Burrell, Earl Hines (1964–70 intermittently) and the JPJ Quartet with Budd Johnson. Later in life he played with Sy Oliver (1975–80), Oscar Peterson, and George Wein's Newport All-Stars. As a bandleader, Jackson led a 1961 date in Switzerland and recorded at least five albums for Black & Blue Records between 1977 and 1984.

His brother, bassist Ali Jackson, performed with him both at the beginning and towards the end of their careers.

Jackson died from heart failure in New York City at the age of 61.


As leader[edit]

  • 1984: Billy's Bounce - Oliver Jackson Quintet (Oliver Jackson, Ali Jackson on bass, Irvin Stokes on trumpet; Norris Turney on alto sax, and Claude Black on piano)

As sideman[edit]

With Gene Ammons

With Kenny Burrell

With Dexter Gordon

With Major Holley and Slam Stewart

With Illinois Jacquet

With Etta Jones

With Paul Gonsalves

With Hank Jones

With Yusef Lateef

With Gildo Mahones

With Joe Newman

With Billy Strayhorn