born on 28/4/1933 in Detroit, MI, United States
died on 29/5/1994 in New York City, NY, United States
Oliver Jackson (April 28, 1933, Detroit May 29, 1994, New York City), aka Bops Junior, was an American jazz drummer.
Jackson played in Detroit in the 1940s with Thad Jones, Tommy Flanagan, and Wardell Gray, and had a variety show with Eddie Locke called Bop & Locke. After working with Yusef Lateef from 195456 he moved to New York, where he played regularly at the Metropole in 195758. Following this he worked with Teddy Wilson, Charlie Shavers (195961), Buck Clayton, Benny Goodman (1962), Lionel Hampton (196264), Kenny Burrell, Earl Hines (196470 intermittently) and the JPJ Quartet with Budd Johnson. Later in life he played with Sy Oliver (197580), Oscar Peterson, and George Wein's Newport All-Stars. As a bandleader, Jackson led a 1961 date in Switzerland and recorded at least five albums for Black & Blue Records between 1977 and 1984.
His brother, bassist Ali Jackson, performed with him both at the beginning and towards the end of their careers.
Jackson died from heart failure at the age of 61.
- As leader/co-leader
- 1984: Billy's Bounce - Oliver Jackson Quintet (Oliver Jackson, Ali Jackson on bass, Irvin Stokes on trumpet; Norris Turney on alto sax, and Claude Black on piano)
- As sideman
With Gene Ammons
- Bad! Bossa Nova (Prestige, 1962)
With Kenny Burrell
- The Tender Gender (Cadet, 1966)
With Dexter Gordon
- Dexter Gordon with Junior Mance at Montreux (Prestige, 1970) - with Junior Mance
With Illinois Jacquet
- The Blues; That's Me! (Prestige, 1969)
With Etta Jones
- Love Shout (Prestige, 1963)
With Paul Gonsalves
- Ellingtonia Moods and Blues (RCA Victor, 1960)
With Yusef Lateef
- Jazz and the Sounds of Nature (Savoy, 1957)
- Prayer to the East (Savoy, 1957)
- The Sounds of Yusef (Prestige, 1957)
- Other Sounds (New Jazz, 1957)
- Cry! - Tender (New Jazz, 1957)
With Gildo Mahones
- I'm Shooting High (Prestige, 1963)