Note(s)[biogHist] Quentin "Butter" Jackson (1909-1976) was a fixture with Duke Ellington's Orchestra in the 1950's. Quentin was Duke's best wah-wah trombonist (an expert with the plunger mute) since Tricky Sam Nanton. His brother-in-law Claude Jones (who played with McKinney's Cotton Pickers) taught him trombone. Jackson played with Zack Whyte (1930), McKenney's Cotton Pickers (1931), Don Redmans's Orchestra (1932-40), Cab Calloway (1940-48) and Lucky Millinder. He took occasional solos with those groups and in the early days was a balled singer. But most important were his contributions to Duke Ellington's music (1949-60), both as a soloist and in ensembles. After leaving Duke's orchestra. he toured Europe with Quincy Jones (1960), played with Count Basie (1961-62), recorded with Charles Mingus (1962), returned to Ellington (1963) and worked with the big bands of Louie Bellson and Gerald Wilson. Quentin Jackson was with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (1971-75) near the end of his life. His only session as a leader resulted in four titles in 1959 that were reissued by Swing.
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