Bop Jackson

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This artist's first name of Leroy quickly gave way to a nickname, resulting in alto saxophonist, pianist, and bandleader Bop Jackson's status as one of few performers whose name includes a style of music,…
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This artist's first name of Leroy quickly gave way to a nickname, resulting in alto saxophonist, pianist, and bandleader Bop Jackson's status as one of few performers whose name includes a style of music, although in this case it wasn't exactly the kind of music he was involved in. Jackson led an outfit called Bop Jackson's Dukes of Rhythm, which can be compared to the works of the much more popular and prolific Louis Jordan. The presence of drug songs such as "Let's Get High Jack" in the set list is one obvious similarity, as was in some cases the four-horn lineup of the leader's alto, a pair of tenor saxophones, and a loud, blasting trumpet.

Record producer and publisher Joe Davis put Jackson's band in the studio in 1947 for a session that included "What'll You Have" and "Broom and Dust Pan," favorite songs of bartenders and housekeepers respectively. The bandleader's sidemen, including pianist Gildo Mahones and the young drummer Sir John Godfrey, were credited with contributing some of this material. Red vinyl pressings of these singles apparently makes them even more desirable to collectors.