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Chubby Jackson’s Daughter Starts Production Co.

Jaijai Jackson, daughter of late bassist Chubby Jackson, recently announced the launch of Five String Productions, a multimedia production company dedicated to keeping jazz alive in Chubby’s memory. Among other media projects, Five String Productions will publish Chubby’s instructional and biographical works, and will organize and produce jazz events and jazz education services.

Chubby, who passed away on in October 2003, was a bassist and scat singer who played a large role in the jazz community. During his life he collaborated with numerous jazz legends, including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker and Ben Webster.

Jaijai hopes that Five String Productions will honor the memory of her father. In a statement, Jaijai said, “It is because of my love and admiration for my father and his accomplishments in jazz and television that Five String Productions has been created.” Jaijai also emphasized that Chubby “was an avid believer in being an originator and not an imitator.”

The highly ambitious Five String Productions plans to present public concerts that celebrate jazz music, educate students through workshops and clinics, support and promote new talent, create a music and dance ensemble to tour worldwide, produce a television show that involves interviews with musicians, deliver jazz to nursing and retirement homes and hospitals as a form of musical wellness, and help children discover jazz.

Five String Productions has also partnered with Cathy Rich, daughter of big-band drummer Buddy Rich, who was a longtime friend and collaborator with Chubby. Jaijai and Cathy will use the Buddy Rich Band as a forum to present concerts that incorporate jazz, rhythm and blues, hip-hop, pop, funk and gospel. Jaijai hopes “that when musical styles are combined in performance, it will be demonstrated that music is truly a universal language.”

Jaijai and Cathy are also penning a dual-biography on Chubby and Buddy, titled A Tale of Two Fathers, that will offer personal descriptions of their lives growing up with jazz greats. A compilation CD of special home videos, pictures, memorabilia and music never before seen or heard is also being produced.

A portion of the proceeds from all Five String events will go to various associations that they support. Jaijai hopes that Five String Productions can “help make a difference just like Chubby and Buddy did.”

Five String Productions is currently seeking sponsors to support their unique vision. The company can be reached at [email protected]

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