Mike Jackson (December 23, 1888, Louisville, Kentucky – June 21, 1945, New York City) was an American jazz pianist and composer.
The details of Jackson's early life are not known. In 1921 he began composing songs for the publisher Joe Davis, and soon after worked as an accompanist for a number of early jazz and blues recordings, with Clara Smith, Alberta Hunter, Laura Smith, Thomas Morris (including the New Orleans Blue Five and the Dixie Jazzers Washboard Band), Perry Bradford, and Buddy Christian. He also recorded under his own name as Jackson and His Southern Stompers. With Morris, he worked in the vaudeville show The Wicked Age in 1927. He emigrated to Montreal in 1928, but returned to New York in 1930, where he continued working as a composer.
His compositions included "The Louisville Blues", written with Bob Ricketts in 1921 and recorded by W.C. Handy in 1923; "Scandal Blues" and "Black Hearse Blues", both written in 1925; and "Slender, Tender and Tall" and "Hey, Knock Me a Kiss", both of which were recorded by Jimmie Lunceford and Louis Jordan among others.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 23rd, 1888 (Louisville), Died June 21st, 1945 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1938
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, piano, songwriter, baritone vocal, lyricist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 59 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-35738||10-in.||7/2/1926||Just too bad||Mike Jackson ; Mabel Richardson||Female-male vocal duet, with cornet and piano||vocalist, baritone vocal, songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-35739||10-in.||7/2/1926||I'm gonna kill myself||Mike Jackson ; Mabel Richardson||Female-male vocal duet, with cornet and piano||vocalist, baritone vocal, composer|
|Victor||BVE-35762||10-in.||7/13/1926||Lazy drag||Thomas Morris ; Morris' Hot Babies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-35763||10-in.||7/13/1926||Jackass blues||Thomas Morris ; Morris' Hot Babies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-35764||10-in.||7/13/1926||Charleston stampede||Thomas Morris ; Morris' Hot Babies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-36047||10-in.||8/17/1926||Georgia grind||Thomas Morris ; Morris' Hot Babies||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-36048||10-in.||8/17/1926||Ham gravy||Thomas Morris ; Morris' Hot Babies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-36505||10-in.||9/21/1926||Alabama mamma||Mike Jackson||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer, vocalist, baritone vocal|
|Victor||BVE-36506||10-in.||9/21/1926||Kissing mule blues||Mike Jackson||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer, vocalist, baritone vocal|
|Victor||BVE-36846||10-in.||10/20/1926||When a 'gator holler, folks say it's a sign of rain||Margaret Johnson||Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-36847||10-in.||10/20/1926||Graysom Street blues||Margaret Johnson||Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio||lyricist, composer, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-36895||10-in.||11/2/1926||My baby doesn't squawk||New Orleans Blue Five||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-36896||10-in.||11/2/1926||The king of the Zulus||New Orleans Blue Five||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-36897||10-in.||11/2/1926||South Rampart Street blues||New Orleans Blue Five||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-36917||10-in.||11/9/1926||Somebody's been lovin' my baby||Monette Moore||Female vocal solo, with clarinet, cornet, and piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36925||10-in.||11/12/1926||Blues from the Everglades||Morris' Hot Babies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-36926||10-in.||11/12/1926||P. D. Q. blues||Thomas Morris ; Morris' Hot Babies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-36958||10-in.||11/23/1926||I got a mule to ride||Edna Winston||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-36959||10-in.||11/23/1926||Mamma's gonna drop your curtain||Edna Winston||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36962||10-in.||11/24/1926||The mess||Thomas Morris ; Morris' Hot Babies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-36963||10-in.||11/24/1926||The chinch||Thomas Morris ; Morris' Hot Babies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-37681||10-in.||2/14/1927||Second-handed blues||Margaret Johnson||Female vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and harmonica||composer|
|Victor||BVE-37688||10-in.||2/26/1927||I'll forgive you 'cause I love you, but the wrongs you've done I can't forget||Alberta Hunter||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-37689||10-in.||2/26/1927||I'm gonna lose myself way down in Louisville||Alberta Hunter||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-37690||10-in.||2/26/1927||My old daddy's got a brand new way to love||Alberta Hunter||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer, instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jackson, Mike," accessed April 14, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113735.
Jackson, Mike. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 14, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113735.
"Jackson, Mike." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 14 April 2021.
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