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Preston Jackson

James Preston McDonald, better known by his stage name Preston Jackson (January 3, 1902 – November 12, 1983) was an American jazz trombonist.

Jackson was born in New Orleans and moved to Chicago in 1917, but did not pick up trombone until 1920; within nine months he began playing professionally. Among his teachers in the early 1920s were Roy Palmer and Honore Dutrey. He sometimes deputized for Dutrey in King Oliver's band. In the 1920s he played with Tig Chambers, Al Simone, Eli Rice, and Art Sims, and recorded with Bernie Young and his Creole Jazz Band at the Marsh Laboratories (1923) and Richard M. Jones. In the 1930s he played with Dave Peyton (1930), Erskine Tate, Louis Armstrong (1931–32), Half Pint Jaxon (1933), Carroll Dickerson, Jimmie Noone, Roy Eldridge, Walter Barnes, Johnny Long (1939), and Zilner Randolph's W.P.A. Band. He also played on Johnny Dodds's last recordings in 1940.

In the 1940s he began playing less often, but his career saw a resurgence late in the 1950s, playing with Lil Armstrong. Moving back to his childhood home of New Orleans in the 1960s, he began playing at Preservation Hall where he would continue to be featured for the rest of his life. He played with Little Brother Montgomery in 1969 and with Kid Thomas's New Orleans Joymakers in Europe in 1973-74.

In addition to many recordings made as a side man, Jackson recorded as a leader in 1926 and 1946, then issued his own album in 1972 and a split album with Benny Waters the following year.

Jackson died in Blytheville, Arkansas in November 1983.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 3rd, 1902 (New Orleans), Died November 12th, 1983 (Blytheville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: trombone, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 33 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W152086 10-in. 1/25/1932 Between the devil and the deep blue sea Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
Columbia W152092 10-in. 1/27/1932 All of me Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
Columbia W152093 10-in. 1/27/1932 Home Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh 9961 10-in. 11/24/1926 Scagmore Green Richard M. Jones’ Jazz Wizards Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh W152087 10-in. 1/25/1932 Kickin' the gong around Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W404422 10-in. 4/20/1931 Walkin' my baby back home Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W404423 10-in. 4/20/1931 I surrender, dear Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W404424 10-in. 4/20/1931 When it's sleepy time down South Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W404425 10-in. 4/28/1931 Blue again Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W404870 10-in. 4/28/1931 Little Joe Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W404871 10-in. 4/28/1931 I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal you Louis Armstrong Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W404872 10-in. 4/29/1931 Them there eyes Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W404873 10-in. 4/29/1931 When your lover has gone Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W405058 10-in. 11/3/1931 Lazy river Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W405059 10-in. 11/3/1931 Chinatown, my Chinatown Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and talk instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W405060 10-in. 11/4/1931 Wrap your troubles in dreams (And dream your troubles away) Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W405061 10-in. 11/4/1931 Star dust Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W405062 10-in. 11/5/1931 You can depend on me Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W405063 10-in. 11/5/1931 Georgia on my mind Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W405064 10-in. 11/6/1931 The lonesome road Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo, male vocal ensemble, and talk instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W405065 10-in. 11/6/1931 I got rhythm Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with talk instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W405154 10-in. 3/2/1932 Love, you funny thing! Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W405155 10-in. 3/11/1932 New tiger rag Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with talk instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W405166 10-in. 3/11/1932 Keepin' out of mischief now Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh W405167 10-in. 3/11/1932 Lawd, you made the night too long Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
(Results 1-25 of 33 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jackson, Preston," accessed July 29, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110747.

Jackson, Preston. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110747.

"Jackson, Preston." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 29 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110747

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