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|
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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