Milton Jackson Biography

Milt Jackson was an African-American jazz musician, the first and most influential vibraphone improviser of the postwar, modern jazz era.


Milt Jackson was born on January 1, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan. He began playing the vibraphone at age 16 and joined Dizzy Gillespie's sextet in 1945. Jackson was a cofounder of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and recorded classic sessions with Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, and others. Jackson died in 1999.

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