The Career of Milt Jackson | St. Louis Public Radio

The Career of Milt Jackson

Jun 5, 2016

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, June 5, 2016 will be “The Career of Milt Jackson.”  Vibraphonist Milt Jackson (1923-1999) was born in Detroit and started playing guitar at age seven and piano at age 11.  His music came from the church.  Dizzy Gillespie discovered him in 1945.  Best known for his long tenure with the Modern Jazz Quartet, his career in jazz spanned 54 performing years with artists that ranged from Ray Charles and Woody Herman to Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.   In addition to his own groups, we will bear Jackson with Fats Navarro, Coleman Hawkins, Frank Morgan, Kenny Clarke, Count Basie, Wes Montgomery, the Oliver Nelson Big Band, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Giuffre, Sonny Rollins, Joe Pass, Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock and the Very Tall band of Oscar Peterson, Jackson and Ray Brown.

The Slide Show contains photographs of some of the musicians heard on this show.

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of June 13, 2016.

Here is a version of "Red Top" played by Milt Jackson (vib) Clark Terry (tp) Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (ts) Monty Alexander (p) Ray Brown (b) and Jimmie Smith (d) at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1977.