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I Should Care

by Frank J. Jackson

Superb traditional jazz trio recording with impeccable elegant swinging piano style & smooth warm vocals in the classic style of the original Nat King Cole Trio.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. I'm Getting' Sentimental Over You
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2. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
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3. I Should Care
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4. Makin' Whoopee
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5. Destination Moon
3:23 album only
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6. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
3:26 album only
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7. If She Walked into My Life
8:03 album only
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8. Take the A Train
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9. This Can't Be Love
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10. No Love, No Nothin'
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11. Star Trek
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12. What's New
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13. A Touch of Blues
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14. All The Things You Are
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
**FRANK J. JACKSON - LEGENDARY BAY AREA GIANT OF JAZZ PIANIST & VOCALIST
-PIONEER - HONOREE - ICON - SAN FRANCISCO FILLMORE JAZZ DISTRICT
-LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE BY KPFA, KCSM, KUSP & KKUP
-LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE BY MAYOR GAVIN NEWSOM
-PROMINENTLY FEATURED IN BOOK, "HARLEM OF THE WEST" San Francisco Jazz Scene
-COMPOSED MUSIC FOR KQED & KTEH DOCUMENTARY, "THE WAR: BAY AREA STORIES" aired September 2007
-FRANK JACKSON TRIO 1950s ERA PHOTO PROMINENTLY FEATURED ON OUTDOOR MONITOR -YOSHI'S SF
-FIRST RESIDENT MUSICIAN HONORED TO PERFORM AT NEW YOSHI'S SF
-ELITE MEMBER OF PIANO & VOCAL JAZZ PERFORMERS
-PRE-EMINENT PERFORMER OF AMERICAN SONGBOOK
-BEST MALE JAZZ VOCALIST

Frank Jackson, long recognized as a brilliant jazz pianist and vocalist, stand-up vocalist, bandleader, producer, recording artist and composer, is highly in demand performing and recording on the scene today in clubs, festivals and concerts. For more than 60 years, Frank has been serving up his impeccable elegant piano style, smooth warm vocals and unique phrasing. Frank Jackson's place in San Francisco jazz history is solidified even more forcibly, as he is prominently featured in "Harlem of the West," the recent best-selling history of the San Francisco Fillmore District Jazz Era of the 1940s and 1950s by Elizabeth Pepin and Lewis Watts published by Chronicle Books. An Exhibit of the same is currently on display Fall/Winter 2009/2010 in Los Angeles, CA.

Other recent achievements for this Bay Area Jazz treasure include; Frank celebrated his 80th birthday in concert at Yoshi's Jazz House, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA, on December 19, 2005 to sold out shows featuring Allen Smith, Omar Clay, Noel Jewkes, Al Obidinski, & Jeff Chambers, some of the best jazz players in the Bay Area & beyond, with live recording by Bud Spangler for KCSM's Sunday Night Suite Series aired on KCSM, San Mateo (91.1fm) in April & May 2006.

And in June 2005, Frank was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by four Northern California Public Radio legend DJ's, (Doug Edwards, Producer/Host - KPFA; Haybert King Houston, Editor/Host, Jazz Now Interactive/Jazz Now - KKUP; Pete Fallico, Producer/Host - KUSP & KCSM/Jazz BeatRadio; Afrikahn Jahmal Dayvs, Producer/Host - Jazzline Radio/TV - KKUP.) Honor was bestowed upon him while performing to sold out shows at Jazz at Pearls, SF's legendary jazz house.

Year 2004 - Critics Poll Choice for his recent CD "New York After Dark," with the late great Jazz Messengers music director, pianist, educator, composer, and producer, James Williams.

For recent press reviews, go to New York After Dark CD.
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BIOGRAPHY

Born in Cleburne, Texas, and living in San Francisco since 1942, Frank Jackson one of the "BAY AREA GIANTS OF JAZZ," has for over 60 years been serving up his impeccable, elegant piano style, smooth warm vocals and unique phrasing. As a traditional jazz musician and one of the most accomplished interpreters of the Great American Songbook, he is a consummate entertainer, able to fulfill practically any request with his astonishing knowledge of the American Songbook, ranging from "Tin Pan Alley" to theme songs from "Star Trek," "Being Green," the theme song of Kermit the Frog, to "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," Eric Idle's more than famous song themed in Broadway's "Spamalot."
Looking for obscure standards, you'll find them amongst Frank's impressive repertoire'.

Frank's music is swinging at any tempo. His versatility ranges from uptempo, ballads, blues, latin, and instrumentals. His piano playing recalls the minimalism of Count Basie, the lushness of Duke Ellington, the two-handed melodic sound of Erroll Garner, and sheer virtuosity of Bud Powell. Frank is by no means an imitator. He has formed his own, individual conception of how jazz is to be played. His cheerful personality is contagious, possessing a joy of life that is obvious on the bandstand or off. What has truly earned the respect and admiration of musicians and music lovers alike is Frank's one-of-a-kind interpretations and delicious vocal renderings of the great standards. His vocals -- suave, elegant, formidable and articulate -- are among the most respected in jazz. And can this cat scat.

Frank has performed with numerous Internationally famous musicians as well as with some of the finest Bay Area talent. His experience includes recordings, radio commercials, radio & TV appearances, concerts, educational jazz clinics and camps, festivals and club appearances.

Frank Jackson has roots deep in the San Francisco music scene dating back to the heyday of the "MO," as it was called from the war years in the 1940s until the Fillmore District broke up in the mid-1960s. In his teens, Frank always a singer, learned to play the piano and formed a trio to play at teen and community centers. Frank Jackson started his musical career in the late 1940s playing at Slim Jenkins club, piano bars and after-hours clubs in the Bay Area.

In the early 1950s, Frank Jackson was the first musician to open at Slim Gaillard's "VOUT CITY," which was opened only for two months, then taken over by John "Jimbo" Edwards and became known as the San Francisco's legendary "JIMBO's BOP CITY," an after-hours club open from 2-6 AM. Frank Jackson worked as the house pianist at the legendary "BOP CITY" with tenor sax giant, DEXTER GORDON, and alto saxophonist, PONY POINDEXTER. Also during this time, Frank Jackson performed with the jazz ensemble, "THE 4 NATURALS," at THE INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENT in North Beach. In the popular Frank Sinatra movie, "PAL JOEY" you can view the huge billboard of "The 4 Naturals" at the entrance to the International Settlement.

Frank's education in jazz flourished during the years he worked as the house pianist at San Francisco's legendary "Bop City." Musicians travelling up and down the West Coast would drop in at "Bop City" to jam after their gigs or just to see who was in town. Being in the house band, Frank got the chance to associate with practically everyone: Charlie (Bird) Parker, Billie Holiday, Frank Foster, Ben Webster, Ella Fitzgerald, Harold Land, Joe Comfort, Erroll Garner, Art "God" Tatum, Nat "King" Cole, who had a major influence on Frank's career, Ray Charles, Chet Baker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and the list goes on.


Frank has performed with such jazz luminaries as: LIONEL HAMPTON, GERALD WILSON, DEXTER GORDON, TEDDY EDWARDS, CAL TJADER, LESTER YOUNG, BEN WEBSTER, RUTH BROWN, T-BONE WALKER, JIMMY WITHERSPOON, ERNESTINE ANDERSON, ERNIE ANDREWS, FRANK MORGAN, OSCAR PETTIFERD, SMILEY WINTERS, SLIM GAILLARD, DICK BERK, JAMES WILLIAMS, DARRYL HALL, EDDIE ALLEY, VERNON ALLEY, ALLEN SMITH, FRANK FISHER, EARL WATKINS, JULES BROUSSARD, JOHN HANDY, HAROLD JONES, NOEL JEWKES, TERRY HILLIARD, MARY STALLINGS, DENISE PERRIER, RUFIS REID, OMAR CLAY, AL OBIDINSKI, JEFF CHAMBERS, LARRY VUCKOVICH, BODIL NISKA, KIM NALLEY, and the list goes on.

Frank and his family resided in the thriving Fillmore District in San Francisco, and he went to school with CAL TJADER, VINCE GUARALDI and grew up with MAYA ANGELOU. Much of this rich history has been captured in the new book, "Harlem of the West" The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era 1940s - 1950s by Elizabeth Pepin and Lewis Watts and exhibit of same was on display at the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum, (www.sfpalm.org). Exhibit is to tour throughout the United States.

Frank was a highly sought after instrumentalist and acompanist in his early career working with vocalists like Ruth Brown, T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Witherspoon, Helen Humes, Brook Benton, Ernestine Anderson, Ernie Andrews, and so on. Frank formed a vocalist group, named the "Quinns," who toured and performed with the Gerald Wilson Big Band throughout California in the 1960s.

Although Frank nurtured his career for many years as a soloist, he now prefers to perform as a leader in trio to sextet settings. His own CDs comprise a classic traditional piano-vocals-bass-guitar combo; larger ensembles with several guitars and drums. In concert and festival engagements, Frank utilizes the unique four-piano format with rhythm section, and a front line featuring master saxophonists, trumpets and/or trombonists.


In 2002, Frank and his wife, Kathy, established their own independent record label company, Kasis Records, LLC, to document, promote and support Frank's style of classic jazz and the raves for Frank's velvety warm vocals and unique phrasing.

In 2003, under Kasis Records, LLC, the Jacksons' reissued Frank's first CD, "I SHOULD CARE," a trio setting, which had previously been issued under another label, and released his second CD, and their first co-produced CD, "SWINGIN" AND ALL DRESSED TO GO." Both CDs have received wonderful reviews and are favorites among classic jazz recordings.

Frank's third CD project, NEW YORK AFTER DARK, released October 2004, recorded in New York in November 2003, took him to another level, to highlight him as a MALE STANDUP VOCALIST with an all star lineup by: the late great JAMES WILLIAMS (Producer & Pianist), RON CARTER (Bass), KENNY WASHINGTON (Drums/Percusion), & BILLY PIERCE (Soprano & Tenor Saxophones). This project was at the urging of James Williams, who believed Frank was the "real deal" and a pioneer of the jazz music.

Frank's fourth CD project brings Frank back at the helm as a leader in a West Coast all star lineup of musicians, recently recorded June 2006 at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, with an anticipated release date Spring/Summer 2007.


Frank Jackson resides in San Francisco and my be contacted at www.frankjacksonjazz.com or Mskff@aol.com. Listen to KCSM 91.1 FM (www.kcsm.org) and check out their Datebook Listing the Bay Area for where Frank's performing.

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CD Review: September 1997 Jazz Now Magazine
By Dick Stevens

Frank Jackson - I Should Care

Frank Jackson, piano and vocals; Brian Kane, guitar; Dave Kingsnorth, bass

It's so easy to like the fourteen tastefully chosen selections on this very appealing CD. Years and years of performing live for nightclub audiences are immediately evident when you hear the skillful and knowing way Mr. Jackson interprets a song. His trio opens with a light and breezy, swinging rendition of "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" and closes with one of the most durable songs ever written, Jerome Kern's "All The Things You Are," replete with that famous Dizzy Gillespie coda. In between, you're treated to eight other equally pleasing up-tempo tunes (four of which are nonvocals) and four lovely ballads, delivered with great lyrical sensitivity.

True, the Frank Jackson Trio is reminiscent of the legendary Nat "King" Cole Trio, since the group is similarly composed, and the educated listener will hear the influences of Nat Cole's piano style and Oscar Moore's guitar. However, it should be emphasized that this musical venture is not an imitation. Jackson establishes his own originality here. Nevertheless, Cole fans will smile.

This reviewer was particularly moved by the title song and loved Jackson's own composition, "A Touch of Blues." Somehow, the Jackson Trio communicates a certain kind of warmth and congeniality, a simple purity that transcends the actual recording. The overall effect is like being transported to your favorite intimate little bistro.
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