Chubby Jackson(2)

May 23,2017

(From left:) Dave Lambert, John Simmons, Chubby Jackson, George Handy, and Dizzy Gillespie, in William P. Gottlieb’s office, New York, c. July 1947

Chubby Jackson is remembered by many as Woody Herman’s bassist in the mid-1940s.

I will introduce his career until joining Woody Herman band.

From 1937 to 1941, he worked with many dance bands.

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He joined with bands of Mike Riley, Johnny Messner, Raymond Scott,Jan Savitt, Terry Shand, and Henry Busse.

In those days his performance style was named “Shuffle Rhythm”.

In 1941 he joined the Charlie Barnet Band.

Charlie Barnet began featuring Jackson’s rhythmic bass.

Chubby Jackson added fifth string made him sound sped-up.

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Chubby Jackson said;
“The fifth string bass became quite popular.
So it put out by the Kay Bass Company in Chicago.”

Please refer to this website about the fifth string bass. Go here

In 1943 he joined Woody Herman.

Today I will not post his performance in detail.

Also he turned talent scout for innovative new players.

He brought a number of forward-thinking musicians into the band — including Ralph Burns and Neal Hefti, who became its main arrangers.

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Woody Herman once said;’What an immense influence he had on us! And what enthusiasm! He used to get around to hear everything. He was always screaming about this musician and that musician.”

Chubby Jacksonは1940年代Woody Herman Bandのベーシストとして有名です。
簡単にWoody Herman Bandに入団するまでの楽歴を振り返ってみます。
1937年から1941年まで多くのダンスバンドで働いていました。
リーダーの名前だけを記載します。
『Mike Riley, Johnny Messner, Raymond Scott,Jan Savitt, Terry Shand, and Nenry Busse』
1941年、彼はCharlie Barnet Bandに加入しました。
Charlie Barnetはベースソロを大きくフューチャーした演奏を始めました。
Chubby Jacksonはベースソロが目立つようにベースに5番目の弦を付けた。
5弦ベースについては詳しいページをご覧下さい。こちらをクリックして下さい。

この楽器について彼は次のように語りました。
「5弦ベースは楽器としてかなり人気があったようだ。
シカゴのthe Kay Bass Companyは販売していたよ。」

1943年、Woody Herman bandに加入しました。
今日はWoody Herman楽団での演奏については省略させて頂きます。
演奏家以外の重要な働きとして、Ralph BurnsやNeal Hefti等の
先進的なプレーヤーを次々とスカウトすることに成功しました。

Woody Herman は次のように語りました。
「Chubbyの影響力!そして熱意!
あいつはあちらこちらで新しいミュージシャンを探していた。
そして、俺にこいつはものになるので採用しようといつも大声で
言っていた。」

Here is Woody Herman and the First Herd play “Apple Honey”.
Woody Herman (cl, as, dir): Sonny Berman, Charles Frankhauser, Ray Wetzel, Pete Candoli, Carl Warwick (tp), Ralph Pfeffner, Bill Harris, Ed Kiefer (tb) / Sam Marowitz, John LaPorta (as, cl),Flip Phillips, Pete Mondello (ts), Skippy DeSair (bar) / Marjorie Hyams (vib),Ralph Burns (p), Billy Bauer(g),Chubby Jackson (sb), Dave Tough (ds).New York, September 10, 1944

Here is V-Disc 648 Esquire All-American Jazz Concert
Side A: Woody Herman and his Orchestra.
Side B: “Chubby” Jackson, Ralph Burns, Woody Herman and Duke Ellington.

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