The Jump Jackson Band | Photo: Art Rupe/Specialty Records | Collection of Billy Vera | tc171
Another signing to Aristocrat in the early part of 1947 was Jump Jackson and his orchestra. Armand “Jump” Jackson was born on March 25, 1917 and died on January 31, 1985. Jackson was bandleader on sessions for labels such as Columbia, Specialty, and Aristocrat; his band backed St. Louis Jimmy, Roosevelt Sykes, Sunnyland Slim and others. He also drummed on at least a dozen classic urban blues albums, including sets by John Lee Hooker and Robert Nighthawk. Having a head for business, Jackson was also a bookings manager and founded his own record company, La Salle Records. In 1962, Jackson was chosen as the drummer for the first American Folk Blues Festival tour of Europe.