Dewey Jackson – Live at the Barrel 1952 (feat. Don Ewell)
Delmark DE 246 (2006)
With Don Ewell, piano; Frank Chace, clarinet; Sid Dawson, trombone; and Booker T. Washington, drums. The release of this CD should transform St. Louis’ legendary trumpet player, Dewey Jackson, from a footnote to his rightful place in jazz history. Jackson was born in St. Louis, June 21, 1900 (before Louis Armstrong). He played a year with ragtimer George Reynold’s Keystone Band before joining Charlie Creath and alternated between Creath, Fate Marable and his own groups before briefly joining the first Cotton Club band in New York, eventually returning to the St. Louis scene, which he found more exciting. Jackson recorded for Vocallion in 1926, with Creath for Okeh in ’27 and with bassist Singleton Palmer. He occasionally gigged through the ’50s and ’60s before he passed away in March of 1966. Live At The Barrel triples his discography.