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Franz Jackson and the Salty Dogs: Yellow Fire

What happens when an 88-year-old swing saxophonist, arranger and vocalist with a resume including stints with Reuben Reeves, Jimmie Noone, Roy Eldridge, Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Earl Hines, Cootie Williams, Red Allen and others joins his talents with a formerly college-based, New Orleans-style trad band? No, contrary to expectations, all hell does not break out in a clash of differing styles, for this particular old-timer, Franz Jackson, was also the one-time clarinetist-leader of his own Original Jass All-Stars, a 1950s-’60s trad band that played for many years at the Red Arrow, a jazz club in the Chicago suburb of Stickney. Among Jackson’s sidemen at that time were musicians whose skills were honed on the 1920s and ’30s Chicago jazz scene, some of them even veterans of the King Oliver and Louis Armstrong bands, so it was no large stretch for Jackson to accommodate his own vast experience to the relatively younger Salty Dogs.

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