Mike Jackson

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  
(Results 26-50 of 59 records)

Citation

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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