Chicago Favorite Celebrates Turning 90 with Two Shows
Byline: Barbara Vitello
Celebrated Chicago reedman Franz Jackson celebrates his 90th birthday today at Andy's Jazz Club, 11 E. Hubbard St., Chicago, followed by a show Saturday at Pops Highwood, 214 Green Bay Road, Highwood.
A Coleman Hawkins-inspired tenorist and a clarinetist, Jackson played with legendary pianists Fletcher Henderson, Earl Hines and stride master Fats Waller as a sideman before forming his own group, the Original Jazz All Stars, in the mid-1950s. After two decades the group disbanded, but Jackson has remained a fixture on the Chicago scene ever since.