||Frank is highly in demand
recording and performing today in clubs, festivals and
concerts from trio to sextet settings, and even as standup
In January 2004, Frank debut at Birdland, NYC, as vocalist
with James Williams and Mulgrew Miller. Also, Porters,
NYC, welcomed Frank back in trio setting, after his November
2003 sold out engagement.
Frank's latest project, “NEW YORK AFTER DARK,”
recorded November 2003 at Systems Two Studio, Brooklyn,
NY, features him as male vocalist and co-producer with
JAMES WILLIAMS (piano, organ & producer), RON CARTER
(bass), BILLY PIERCE (soprano & tenor saxophones),
and KENNY WASHINGTON (drums). Look for this CD release
“NEW YORK AFTER DARK” coming Fall 2004 by
Kasis Records, LLC.
Frank's own CDs comprise a classic traditional piano-vocals-bass-guitar
combo, larger ensembles with several guitars and drums.
In 2003, Frank released his long awaited second CD, “SWINGIN'
AND ALL DRESSED TO GO,” and also reissued his first
CD, “I SHOULD CARE,” both under his own independent
record label company, Kasis Records, LLC, which was established
with his wife, Kathy, in year 2002 to document, promote
and support Frank's classic jazz style. Both CDs have
received rave reviews and are considered quality classic
jazz recordings. CDs available at www.cdbaby.com/fjackson,
www.tower.com and www.frankjacksonjazz.com.
Born in Cleburne, Texas, and living in San Francisco since
1942, Frank Jackson one of the “BAY AREA GIANTS
OF JAZZ,” has for over five decades 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 the Tin Pan Alley to the theme songs from “Star
Trek” and “Being Green.” Looking for
obscure standards, you'll find them amongst Frank's impressive
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,
his scatting -- note for note pure ease and modern, are
among the most respected in jazz. He has the ability to
draw the listener in as though he's telling a story, with
such soulful feeling, the listener feels and responds
like he is singing only to them.
Frank has performed with numerous internationally famous
musicians as well as with some of the finest Bay Area
talent. His experience includes recordings, 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 1940's until
the Fillmore District broke up in the mid-1960's. In the
early 1950's, Frank Jackson started his career at Slim
Gaillord's “Voute 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 afterhours club open
from 2-6AM. Frank Jackson worked as the house pianist
at the legendary “BOP CITY,” for its duration
of seven years, 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. Today,
you can view Frank Jackson & the Fillmore Jazz scene
in a historic photo display at the Fillmore Center on
Fillmore Street - San Francisco.
Frank's education in jazz flourished during the years
he worked as 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, Chet Baker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis,
Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and the
list goes on.
Frank has performed or recorded with such jazz luminaries
as Lionel Hampton, Gerald Wilson, Dexter Gordon, Teddy
Edwards, Cal Tjader, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Slim Gaillord,
Brew Moore, Curtis Counce, Teddy Bun, Ruth Brown, Oscar
Pettiford, Frank Butler, T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Witherspoon,
Ernestine Anderson, Ernie Andrews, Smiley Winters, James
Williams, Ron Carter, Billy Pierce, Kenny Washington,
Darryl Hall, Mulgrew Miller, Sammy Simpson, Eddie Hammond,
Eddie Alley, Vernon Alley, Allen Smith, Frank Fisher,
Harold Jones, John Handy, Jules Broussard, Noel Jewkes,
Mary Stallings, Denise Perrier, Omar Clay, Jeff Chambers,
Bodil Niska, Kim Nalley, and the list goes on.
When in the Bay Area, look for Frank at Jazz at Pearls,legendary
San Francisco jazz club, Shanghai 1930, Enrico's, Downtown
- Berkeley, Kelly's of Alameda, or just tune to KCSM 91.1FM
for Datebook listings, and music of Frank Jackson.