Cliff Jackson

Cliff Jackson (1902-1970) was an American jazz pianist and bandleader. He was born on July 19, 1902, in Culpeper, Virginia. Jackson began his career as a pianist in the 1920s, playing in various bands and recording with artists such as Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong. Known for his virtuosic piano skills and lively performances, Jackson’s playing style combined elements of stride piano, boogie-woogie, and early jazz. He was also a talented arranger and composer, creating original compositions and unique arrangements of popular tunes.

During the 1930s, Jackson led his own band, known as Cliff Jackson and his Krazy Kats. They performed regularly in New York City and recorded several records. The band’s energetic and swinging style made them a popular attraction during the swing era. Although Jackson’s career slowed down in the 1940s, he continued to perform and record sporadically throughout the following decades. He played with various jazz musicians and occasionally led his own groups. Jackson’s recordings from the 1920s and 1930s continue to be appreciated by jazz enthusiasts for his dynamic piano playing and innovative arrangements.

Cliff Jackson passed away on May 24, 1970, leaving behind a legacy as a skilled pianist and a contributor to the development of jazz music in the early 20th century. His recordings remain a testament to his talent and his important role in the jazz tradition.

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