Drummer Jimmy ‘Junebug’ Jackson Has Died

Played with organ great Jimmy Smith for more than 20 years

Drummer Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson died on Jan. 28 at age 55, it was recently reported by his family. Jackson passed away in Washington, D.C. where he lived and performed until his death from congestive heart failure.

For over 20 years, Jackson toured the world with organist Jimmy Smith. In his time with Smith, Jackson performed with jazz greats McCoy Tyner, George Benson, Christian McBride, Mose Davis and many others.

His latest recording and only known recording as leader, On My Way Home, featured arrangements inspired by a 1961 collaboration between Cannonball Adderley and Nancy Wilson. Included on this recording is a previously unreleased track featuring the late Smith.