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07 February 2023

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Chubby Jackson Double Bass – Phantom Dancer 7 February 2023

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Chubby Jackson is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. He was an American jazz double-bassist and band leader.

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

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CHUBBY

Chubby Jackson Biography by Scott Yanow…

A fine bassist, Chubby Jackson is best-known for his association with Woody Herman’s first two Herds of the mid- to late ’40s, where he functioned not only in the rhythm section but as a sort-of cheerleader whose vocal interjections really pushed the band.

Although he started on the clarinet when he was 16, Jackson soon switched to bass and was a professional by the time he was 19, playing with many big bands, including those led by Raymond Scott, Jan Savitt, and Henry Busse.

Jackson was introduced to jazz music thru a fellow jazz musician as he recalled in a January 22, 1989 interview, “At the time in high school in Freeport, Long Island. He was a good enough string bass with The Bunny Barringan Band and I would hang around with the band as a gofer. And I became aligned with their lingo and hang out with musicians and enjoying the their abilities on the bandstand. So, it was very natural that I would combine the inners of me, which came from show business to the love of playing music.”

Chubby developed his talent as a singer during his stint with The Jan Savit Band. As I got into the game of playing with bands. “I used to sing a lot. So that brought about the need to perform. I was in a band called Jan Savit where I actually had to sing rhythm songs. So to sing rhythm songs at a mike in a theater? You don’t just stand in front of the mike. I made facial moves and danced a little bit, that brought out the performer in me.”

After touring with Charlie Barnet from 1941 to 1943 (sometimes with Oscar Pettiford as the second bassist), Jackson joined Woody Herman’s transitional orchestra and was partly responsible for the group adding many young modernists to the personnel, resulting in the First Herd.

Jackson was with Herman during 1943-1946 (appearing on many recordings). After Herman broke up the band, Jackson played with Charlie Ventura’s septet (1947) and had his own small group that toured Scandinavia.

A second tour with Herman (1948) was followed by a period leading his own big band (1948-1949), more work with Ventura (1951), and a period co-leading a combo with Bill Harris.

Chubby Jackson spent the 1950s as a studio musician, freelancer, and a host of his own children’s television show. After periods living in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, he eventually settled in San Diego in semi-retirement, although Jackson occasionally emerged, including for a stint with Lionel Hampton (1978-1979) and with Herman reunion groups.

Even in retirement, Jackson seemed tireless, helping to organize cultural events for senior citizens and briefly hosting a cable TV jazz program. Jackson passed away in San Diego on October 1, 2003 after a protracted battle with cancer.

Chubby’s son, Duffy Jackson (born July 3, 1953), is a fine drummer who played with Count Basie in the 1970s and has led his own sessions. In addition to his work as a sideman,

CHILDREN’S TV

The son of vaudeville performers, Chubby had a natural gift for performing comedy. Inheriting his dad’s talent for physical comedy.

Chubby hosted a number of New York City local children’s TV shows:

  • Chubby Jackson’s Little Rascals, weekday mornings on WABC TV Ch. 7 in New York from March 23, 1959, to July 14, 1961,
  • The Chubby Jackson Show, Saturday afternoons also on WABC TV Ch.7, from July 22, 1961, to August 5, 1961,
  • WOR TV Ch.9 in New York Space Station Nine, which was seen weekday evenings from January 1, 1962, to January 26, 1962,
  • briefly served as the fourth and last emcee of WOR TV’s Looney Tunes Show/The Chubby Jackson Show weekday afternoons. The last series was aired from January 12, 1962, to June 14, 1962.

7 FEBRUARY PLAY LIST

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12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
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5UV Adelaide Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 3am – 4 and 6 -7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
and Sunday 11pm
Reading Radio (QLD) Friday 1am – 2
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am – 12
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Saturday 4am – 5am
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturday 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm
2SEA Sapphire Coast Eden Sunday 9 – 10pm

Set 1
Swing Mix
Open + Let’s Get Lost
Kay Kyser Orchestra (voc)  Harry Babbitt & Quartet
‘Command Performance USA’
AFRS
3 Jul 1943
Johnny Zero
Kay Kyser Orchestra (voc)  Sully Mason & Quartet
‘Command Performance USA’
AFRS
3 Jul 1943
Begin the Beguine
Kay Kyser Orchestra (voc)  Gertrude Niessen
‘Command Performance USA’
AFRS
3 Jul 1943
Set 2
Erroll Garner
Lullaby of Birdland (theme)  + Love for Sale
Erroll Garner
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NYC
24 Jul 1953
Misty
Erroll Garner
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NYC
24 Jul 1953
Will You Still Be Mine?
Erroll Garner
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NYC
24 Jul 1953
Lullaby of Birdland
Erroll Garner
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NYC
24 Jul 1953
Set 3
Les Paul
Theme + Brazil
Les Paul & Mary Ford
‘Les Paul Show’
NBC
12 May 1950
Cryin’
Les Paul & Mary Ford
‘Les Paul Show’
NBC
12 May 1950
I Gotta Little House
Les Paul & Mary Ford
‘Les Paul Show’
NBC
12 May 1950
Deed I Do + Lover + Close (If a Nightinggale Could Sing Like You)
Les Paul & Mary Ford
‘Les Paul Show’
NBC
12 May 1950
Set 4
Chubby Jackson
Chubby’s Blues
Woody Herman  Orchestra (db) Chubby Jackson (voc) Woody Herman
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WABC CBS NYC
18 Feb 1945
Apply Honey
Jackson-Harris Herd
‘Jazz Caravan’
Bandbox NYC
Aircheck
23 Feb 1953
Tiny’s Blues
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
5 Mar 1949
Father Knickerbocker
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
5 Mar 1949
Set 5
Woem Band Singers
Temptation
Ginny Simms (voc) Harry James Orchestra
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
KECA ABC LA
10 Feb 1946
Gotta Be This or That
Imogene Lynn (voc) Artie Shaw Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Camp Ord CA
Mutyal Network
19 Sep 1945
Stranger in Town
Barbara Jane (voc) Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
27 Jul 1945

Moonlight in Vermont
Patty Ryan (voc) Claude Thornhill Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Marine Ballroom
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Aug 1956
Set 6
1930s Dance Bands
Us on a Bus
Guy Lombardo Orchestra (voc) Trio
‘Esso Boulevarde’
WABC CBS NYC
16 Mar 1936

Dancing with Tears in my Eyes
Ruth Etting
Radio Trancription
NYC
1930
Easter Parade + Close
Guy Lombardo Orchestra (voc) Carmen Lombardo
‘Esso Boulevarde’
WABC CBS NYC
7 Oct 1935

Haunting Blues
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Trancription
1935
Set 7
R’n’B
Let the Good Times Role
Louis Jordan Tympani 5 (voc) Louis Jordan
Aircheck
Hollywood Empire
Apr 1949
King Bee
Bill DoggettComm Rec
Cincinnati
16 Dec 1953
Broke But Happy
Louis Jordan Tympani 5 (voc) Louis Jordan
Aircheck
Hollywood Empire
Apr 1949
Easy
Bill Doggett
Comm Rec
Cincinnati
16 Dec 1953
Set 8
Benny Goodman
Open +After You’re Gone
Benny Goodman Sextet
‘Kings of Jazz’
BBC Transcription
NYC
8 Dec 1945
Little White LiesBenny Goodman Sextet (voc) Patti Page‘One Night Stand’
The Click Philadelphia
3 Jun 1948
Body & Soul
Benny Goodman Trio
‘Kings of Jazz’
BBC Transcription
NYC
8 Dec 1945
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