Live At The Rrazz Legendary Bay Area Giants of Jazz Concert Series

Frank Jackson

Frank Jackson
and HIS
JAZZ LEGENDS BAND

The incomparable Frank Jackson presents a medley of favorite vocalists and songs, which includes other genres than jazz.
FRANK JACKSON presents "A Medley of My Favorite Vocalists & Songs" featuring the music of Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Carmen McRae, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Jordan, Etta James, Joe Williams, Johnny Mathis, Patti Page, and more...
  • Saturday, January 12, 2013 • 8pm
    • Frank Jackson, Piano & Vocals
    • Al Obidinski, Bass
    • Vince Lateano, Drums
    • Charlie McCarthy, Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet (Multi-Reeds)
  • Sunday, January 13, 2013 • 4pm
    • Frank Jackson, Piano & Vocals
    • Al Obidinski, Bass
    • Vince Lateano, Drums
    • Noel Jewkes, Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet (Multi-Reeds)

Legendary Bay Area Giant of Jazz, Frank J. Jackson has long been recognized as a brilliant jazz pianist and vocalist, standup vocalist, bandleader, producer, recording artist and composer. For more than 60 years, Frank has been serving up his impeccable, elegant piano style, smooth warm vocals and unique phrasing. Frank Jackson's place in San Francisco jazz history is solidified even more forcibly, as he is prominently featured in "Harlem of the West," the recent best-selling history of the Fillmore Street Jazz era of the 1940s and 1950s, with an exhibit revolving around the book, which was on display at SF PALM, Jazz Heritage Center, and African Museum in LA. Frank composed the music for KQED's 2007 documentary, "The War: Bay Area Stories," which aired September 2007. Frank Jackson, recent honoree of SF Fillmore Jazz Heritage Pioneer Award and Public Radio Lifetime Achievement by four public radio stations, has heard it all, sung it all and met them all. He has performed with and for the greats: Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Ben Webster, Charlie Bird Parker, John Coltrane, Lester Young, Chet Baker, just to name a few.

Born in 1925 in Cleburne, Texas, and living in San Francisco since 1942, Frank Jackson, one of the Bay Area Giants of Jazz, is 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 ranging from the Tin Pan Alley to theme songs from "Star Trek" and "Being Green." Looking for obscure standards, you'll find them amongst Frank's impressive repertoire. Frank's live performances are high energy & audience pleasing.

Frank's music is swinging at any tempo. His versatility ranges from up tempo, 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 are suave, elegant, formidable, articulate, and are among the most respected in jazz.