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Swingin' And All Dressed To Go

by Frank J. Jackson

Classic jazz standards, instrumental Charlie Parker "Chasin' the Bird," latin & some obscure gems. Swinging piano style and smooth warm vocals. Flamingo with a latin touch is one of KCSM 91.1 FM's preferred. CD Everyone's favorite.
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1. I Had the Craziest Dream
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2. Careless
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3. Stella By Starlight
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4. Chloe
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5. They Didn't Believe Me
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6. Six Bridges To Cross
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7. Flamingo
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8. Tangerine
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9. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
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10. Chasin' the Bird
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11. Waltz for Debby
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12. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
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13. Moonlight Becomes You
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14. Love Walked In
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15. Serenade in Blue
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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" SF Jazz Scene of the 1940s & 1950s
-COMPOSED MUSIC FOR KQED & KTEH's Documentary, "The War: Bay Area Stories" aired Fall 2007
-FIRST Resident Musician invited to Perform at New Yoshi's SF December 3, 2007
-Legend Frank Jackson Trio 1950s era Picture on outdoor monitor at Yoshi's SF, Ellis Street side
-ELITE MEMBER OF PIANO & VOCAL JAZZ PERFORMERS
-PRE-EMINENT PERFORMER OF AMERICAN SONGBOOK
-BEST MALE JAZZ VOCALIST

Frank J. Jackson, long recognized as a brilliant jazz pianist and vocalist, bandleader, producer, stand-up vocalist, composer, and recording artist 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 Fillmore Street Jazz era of the 1940s and 1950s, with an exhibit currently on display Fall/Winter 2009/2010 in Los Angeles, CA. Frank composed the music for KQED & KTEH's 2007 documentary, "The War: Bay Area Stories," which aired September 2007. Frank Jackson was the first resident musician invited to perform at the New Yoshi's San Francisco on December 3, 2007 to sold out shows. Frank Jackson recent honoree of SF Fillmore Jazz Heritage Pioneer Award and Public Radio Lifetime Achievement by four public radio stations, has heard it all, sung it all and met them all. He has performed with and for the greats: Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Ben Webster, Charlie Bird Parker, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Lester Young, Chet Baker, just to name a few.

Other recent achievements for this Bay Area Jazz Treasure include; Frank's 83rd Birthday in Concert at Yoshi's SF December 10, 2008 featuring his band, Al Obidinski, bass, Akira Tana, drums, Noel Jewkes, multi-reeds with live recording featured on Jim Bennett's "In the Moment" program on KSCM 91.1 FM aired August 2009; Frank Jackson Trio Photo of the 1950s era prominently featured on outdoor monitor at Yoshi's San Francisco on Ellis Street side; And other historic photos of Frank Jackson Trios displayed in the SF Fillmore Jazz District; 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 (91.1 FM) in April & May 2006.


And in June 2005 Frank was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by four Northern California Public Radio legend DJs, (Doug Edwards, Producer/Host - KPFA; Haybert King Houston, Editor/Host, Jazz Now Interactive/Jazz Now - KKUP; Pete Fallico, Producer/Host KUSP/KCSM/JazzBeatRadio; 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 December 19, 1925 in Cleburne, Texas, and living in San Francisco since 1942, Frank Jackson, is 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" to "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 live performances are high energy and audience pleasing.

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, composing music and also for TV documentaries, 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. Frank always a singer, in his teens learned to play the piano and formed a trio to play at teen & community centers. Frank Jackson started his professional 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 2-6AM. 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. The photo of the Four Naturals is also included in the book, "Harlem of the West" by Elizabeth Pepin and Lewis Watts, published by Chronicle Books.

Frank's education in jazz flourished during the years he worked as the house pianist at San Francisco's legendary "Bop City." Musicians traveling 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: Louis Armstrong, Eddie Cole, 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, 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, Art Blakey, Chico Hamilton, Gerome Richardson, Ruth Brown, T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Witherspoon, Ernestine Anderson, Ernie Andrews, Stnaley Morgan, Oscar Pettiford, Smiley Winters, Slim Gaillard, Dick Berk, James Williams, Mulgrew Miller, Harold Maburn, Ray Drummond, Darryl Hall, Eddie Alley, Vernon Alley, Wyatt "Bull" Ruther, Allen Smith, Frank Fisher, Eddie Hammond, Harold Jones, John Handy, Earl Watkins, Al Obidinski, Jules Broussard, Noel Jewkes, Mary Stallings, Denise Perrier, Omar Clay, Akira Tana, Brian Kane, Jeff Chambers, Terry Hilliard, 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 published by Chronicle Books.

Frank was a highly sought after instrumentalist and accompanist 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 "Quinns," who toured and performed with the Gerald Wilson Big Band throughout California in the late 1950s. Lionel Hampton took notice and invited Frank to join his band and tour; however, Frank elected to stay in the Bay Area near his aging parents.

When Jazz took a turn for the worse, Frank nurtured his career for many years as a soloist playing almost all of San Francisco's piano bars & venues. 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, drums and horns. 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 his velvety smooth vocals and phrasing.

In 2003, under Kasis Records, LLC, the Jacksons' reissued Frank's first CD, "I Should Care," which had previously been issued under another label, and released his second and their first co-produced CD, "Swingin' And All Dressed To Go." Both CDs have received wonderful reviews and are considered favorites among classic jazz recordings.

Frank's third CD recording 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 STAND-UP VOCALIST with an all star lineup by: the late great Jazz Messengers music director, James Williams (pianist & producer), Ron Carter (bass), Kenny Washington (drums/percussion), and Billy Pierce (soprano & tenor saxophones). James Williams and Frank have performed together for many years and James insisted that Frank record with him as accompanist and producer because he felt Frank was considered the "real deal." New York After Dark was Frank's first International & National CD release and garnered him respectful reviews and praise. Frank's vocals rated him among the top male vocalists in jazz today.

Frank's fourth CD project "Blues And Sentimentals," brings Frank back at the helm as a leader in a West Coast all star musicians lineup with Al Obidinski, bass, the late great tasty Omar Clay, drums, Brian Kane, guitar and Noel Jewkes, multi-reeds. This CD was recorded in 2006 at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, and although delayed, CD release is planned for 2010. The last track of "Blues And Sentimentals" is Frank's original Holiday tune, which is being released 2009 as a solo Christmas Holiday song.

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


****CD REVIEW: ALL ABOUT JAZZ, LISA DORNELL*****


Frank Jackson has a late night, "set'em up Joe" kind of voice perfectly suited to saloons and nightclubs. It's a voice that makes you think of both the one you love and the one that got away.

Swingin' and All Dressed to Go is a sold, no-frills performance of standards that is by turns romantic and reflective. This is music for grown-ups, best enjoyed after the sun goes down and with the drink of your choice close at hand.

A singer/pianist in the classic style of Nat "King" Cole, Jackson is ably backed by guitarist Brian Kane, along with a rotating cast of Eddie Pasternak on guitar, Bill Langlois and Terry Miller on bass, and Raul Ramierez on drums. All of these men clearly understand and support Jackson's commitment to keeping things simple. There is a refreshing lack of pretense in the music, resulting in a low-key quality usually only archieved by live performances at nearly-empty clubs. However, "simple" does not mean "boring." For while Jackson obviously loves and respects the standards, he nevertheless is unafraid to put his own stamp on things.

Jackson's style is clear from the start on a gently swinging version of "I Had the Craziest Dream." His velvet-smooth vocals are set against a light piano groove, with tasteful accompaniment from Kane and Langlois. The song has an endearingly playful quality, but at less than three minutes, it leaves one wanting more.

One of the sweetest tracks is "Careless," a romantic sway in the "why are you so mean to me?" tradition of standards. Jackson knows how to put emotion into a line and here delivers each lyric with a sort of mystified devotion. A slow, relaxed piano solo leads into a nice guitar break from Kane, who maintains and enhances Jackson's sense of romantic melancholy. Together, they create an almost uncontrollable urge to slow dance with someone.

Of the more up-tempo tunes, the Charlie Parker classic "Chasin' the Bird" stands out. This, one of four quintet tracks on the disc, is also the only instrumental number. It really showcases Jackson's skill at the keyboard and elicits solid work from the whole group. The band gets into a solid rhythm, playing well off each other, and the two-guitar arrangement gives Kane and Pasternak an excellent chance to trade licks.

Other selections of special mention include Henry Mancini's "Six Bridges to Cross," and the great "Serenade in Blue." Both are romantic, atmospheric ballads where Jackson uses his smooth voice and strong vibrato to great effect.

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Frank Jackson

Swingin' And All Dressed To Go
A GEM!!! The smooth smooth sounds of Mr. Jackson are incredible! Beautiful voice and piano. If you like smooth jazz you are going to LOVE Frank Jackson's CD. Highly recommended listening for you and your love.
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