Jackson, WillisAlternative names
Willis "Gator Tail" Jackson, composer, arranger and saxophonist, was born in 1932 in Miami, Florida.
He began studying the piano at age ten, then added the clarinet, and made his professional debut at age fourteen on the tenor saxophone with local bands. Jackson studied theory and harmony at Florida A & M University, and later worked and toured with Cootie Williams, Dinah Washington and Jackie Wilson, among others. He formed various groups including the Willis Jackson Organ Quartet and the Willis Jackson Orchestra and utilized a rhythm and blues sound as well as jazz. His invention, the Jackson's Gator Horn, is a saxophone used for ballads whose sound is a cross "between soprano and alto [saxophone] and French horn and clarinet." He died in 1987.
From the description of Willis Jackson Papers, 1955-1984. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122313961
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