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 26-50 of 59 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-37691||10-in.||2/26/1927||I'm down right now but I won't be down always||Alberta Hunter||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-37786||10-in.||2/16/1927||'Way after one and my daddy ain't come home yet||Edna Winston||Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet||composer|
|Victor||BVE-37822||10-in.||2/16/1927||Blue black bottom||Fats Waller||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-38930||10-in.||5/24/1927||Don't you let your head hang down||Robert Cooksey ; Bobby Leecan||Guitar and harmonica duet||composer|
|Victor||BVE-39668||10-in.||7/18/1927||Dixie bo-bo||Taskiana Four||Male vocal quartet, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-40080||10-in.||11/14/1927||Bye bye Florence||Bert Howell||Male vocal solo, with pipe organ||composer|
|Victor||BS-028137||10-in.||10/20/1938||Blue grass||Peg LaCentra ; Jerry Sears||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||[Trial 1926-07-02-01]||10-in.||7/2/1926||The sho' nuff blues||Mike Jackson||Male vocal solo, with piano||vocalist, baritone vocal|
|Victor||[Trial 1926-07-02-02]||10-in.||7/2/1926||Talkin' too much||Mike Jackson||Male vocal solo, with piano||vocalist, baritone vocal|
|Columbia||W141044||10-in.||9/24/1925||Onery blues||Clara Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W141045||10-in.||9/24/1925||You get mad||Clara Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||W141932||10-in.||4/8/1926||Bootlegging daddy||Bessie Brown ; George W. Williams||Female-male vocal duet ("blues singers"), with piano||composer|
|Columbia||W142589||10-in.||9/3/1926||Numbers on the brain||Buddy Christian ; Willie Jackson||Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with banjo||composer|
|Columbia||W142727||10-in.||10/4/1926||Wasn't it nice||Howell, Horsley, and Bradford||Male vocal trio, with ukulele and piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||142854||10-in.||10/21/1926||Wasn't it nice?||Georgia Strutters||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W143349||10-in.||1/25/1927||Candy lips||Clarence Williams’ Jazz Kings||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W146366||10-in.||5/29/1928||I need you||Clarence Williams’ Jazz Kings||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||W146825||10-in.||8/1/1928||The keyboard express||Clarence Williams’ Jazz Kings||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W147385||10-in.||11/2/1928||Meat man Pete||Barbecue Bob||Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar||lyricist, composer|
|Columbia||W148744||10-in.||6/21/1929||Whoop it up||Clarence Williams’ Jazz Kings||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||W151601||10-in.||6/12/1931||Pete, the dealer in meat||Vance Dixon ; Pencils||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
|OKeh||S-71151||10-in.||Jan. 1923||Louisville blues||Handy's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-73391||10-in.||June 1925||You can dip your bread in my gravy, but you can't have none of my chops||Virginia Liston||Female vocal solo, with piano, mandolin, and banjo||songwriter|
|OKeh||74057||10-in.||Mar. 1926||Sunset blues||Buddy Christian's Creole Five ; Louise Vant||Jazz/dance ensemble, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|OKeh||74058||10-in.||Mar. 1926||Texas mule stomp||Buddy Christian's Creole Five ; Louise Vant||Jazz/dance ensemble, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jackson, Mike," accessed April 22, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113735.
Jackson, Mike. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 22, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113735.
"Jackson, Mike." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 April 2021.
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