1 January – Milt Jackson

Milt Jackson, vibraphonist, playing in New York between 1946 and 1948

Milton ‘Bags’ Jackson (1 January 1923 – 9 October 1999) was an American jazz vibraphonist, usually thought of as a bebop player, although he performed in several jazz idioms.

Milt Jackson was discovered by Dizzy Gillespie in the 1940s. He is best known as one quarter of the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ), which he formed in 1952 with John Lewis (piano), Percy Heath (bass) and Kenny Clarke (drums; later replaced by Connie Kay).

Jackson also collaborated and recorded with other musicians, including John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, Ray Charles and Quincy Jones.

He composed the jazz standard ‘Bags’ Groove’. This performance is from Mount Fuji Jazz Festival 1986.

Information from all.about.jazz and Wikipedia


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