Franz Jackson (b. 1912), long a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene, was at the forefront of the New Orleans revivalists of the 1950s. A respected tenor saxophonist/composer/arranger with the outstanding Earl Hines band of the early Forties, Jackson was also a fine clarinetist, as witness these ten 1961 performances (especially "Blue Thursday," his own composition). In trumpeter Bob Shoffner (1900-1983), Jackson had a simpatico partner, whether in contrapuntal ensembles or as fellow soloist. Utilizing classic New Orleans instrumentation, including banjo and tuba, Jackson's Original Jass All-Stars offer a repertoire featuring titles by some of the most important figures of early jazz: Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Spencer Williams, and W.C. Handy. In every case, the band captures, then develops, the spirits of the originals.
with John Thomas, Bill Oldham, Rozelle Claxton, Lawrence Dixon, Bill Curry