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 51-59 of 59 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh 74059 10-in. Mar. 1926 Sugar house stomp Buddy Christian's Creole Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh 74337 10-in. 9/5/1926 Numbers on the brain Sara Martin ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
OKeh 74424 Nov. 1926 Candy lips (I'm stuck on you) Clarence Williams’ Blue Seven ; Eva Taylor Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh W80214 10-in. 11/16/1926 Candy lips (I'm stuck on you) Clarence Williams’ Blue Seven ; Eva Taylor Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh W80363 10-in. 1/29/1927 Candy lips (I'm stuck on you) Clarence Williams’ Washboard Four Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo (scat) composer  
OKeh W402490 10-in. 7/2/1929 Whoop it up Clarence Williams’ Washboard Band Jazz/dance quartet composer  
Brunswick XE19558-XE19561 12-in. 6/14/1926 Wasn’t it nice Male vocal chorus (unidentified; Brunswick Records) Male vocal chorus, with orchestra songwriter  
Vocalion E3200-E3202 10-in. 6/8/1926 Wasn’t it nice Blackbirds of Harmony Male vocal duet, with piano songwriter  
Vocalion 1080W-1081W 10-in. 8/8/1925 Louisville blues Three Jolly Miners Jazz/dance trio, with clarinet solo composer  
(Results 51-59 of 59 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jackson, Mike," accessed April 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113735.

Jackson, Mike. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113735.

"Jackson, Mike." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 April 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113735


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