Basic Background Info

Birth: July 3, 1953
Location: Unknown
Band: Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Sammy Davis Jr., Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton, Illinois Jacquet, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Harry "Sweets" Edison
Genres: Jazz
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Duffy Jackson’s father, legendary jazz bassist Chubby Jackson, gave Duffy his first drum set when he was four years old. Duffy Jackson's father respected Duffy’s feeling for rhythm at a young age. Before he was ten years old, Duffy Jackson appeared on the national television shows I’ve Got a Secret and The Mike Douglas Show, where he performed as a Jazz Wunderkind. Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and Louie Bellson all tutored Duffy.

Immediately after graduating from high school, Duffy Jackson headed to California to continue pursuing music. Duffy Jackson played with Milt Jackson and Ray Brown at Shelly’s Manhole. Duffy went on to record with Monty Alexander, tour with Lena Horne, and perform on television with Sammy Davis Jr. Since then, Duffy Jackson has played with Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton, Jean-Baptiste Illinois Jacquet, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Buddy Rich, and Harry "Sweets" Edison.

After the era of Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa, Duffy Jackson became the most prominent big band drummer in the United States, assisted by his brash and dynamic playing style.

But Duffy Jackson is more than a great performer—he is an expert entertainer. Duffy composes music and plays the keyboard, bass, vibraphone, and even sings. He is also an educator at Valdosta State College, The University of Miami, and Youngstown University. Duffy Jackson shares his knowledge with students of all skill levels, from elementary school lessons to master classes.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1971 Here Comes the Sun Monty Alexander
1972 Golden Years Count Basie
1978 Jamento: The Monty Alexander 7 Monty Alexander
1978 Meet Grover Mitchell Grover Mitchell
1979 Incredible Hank Jones Meets Louis Bellson & Ira Sullivan Hank Jones
1979 It's Miller Time Eddie Miller
1980 Kansas City Shout Count Basie
1981 Lucky 7 Chubby Jackson
1982 Made in Japan Lionel Hampton
1987 Dorsey, Then and Now: The Fabulous New Jimmy Dorsey... Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra
1988 Jacquet's Got It! Illinois Jacquet & Big Band
1989 Legend: The Legacy Count Basie Orchestra
1990 Big Boss Band George Benson with the Count Basie Orchestra
1990 Freddie Freeloader Jon Hendricks & Friends
1991 That Gerson Person Roy Gerson
1993 It's About Time Othello Molineaux
1994 Blue Skies Harry Allen
1994 Sound Billy Ross
1994 Swing! Swing! Swing! Duffy Jackson
1995 Hittin' the Jug Turk Mauro
1995 International Jazz All Stars, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1995 International Jazz All Stars, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1995 International Jazz All Stars, Vol. 4 Various Artists
1995 Jazz Ballads Various Artists
1995 Soul Mates Terry Myers
1995 There Is No Greater Love Harry "Sweets" Edison
1996 Jazz Moods, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1997 Swing The Manhattan Transfer
1998 Jazz Central Station, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1998 Live at the Blue Note: Chicago, March 1953 Various Artists
1998 Live at the Swiss Chalet Chubby Jackson
1999 Between or Beyond the Black Forest Various Artists
1999 King Harry Allen Quartet
1999 Sonny's Blues Sonny Stitt
2000 Black Box of Jazz Various Artists
2000 Broadway Diva Swings Ann Crumb & Harry Allen
2000 Incontournables Count Basie
2000 Sonny Sweets and Jaws: Live at Bubbas Sonny Stitt
2001 Black and White Box of Jazz Various Artists
2001 Greatest Jazz Concerts, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2001 Look Up Monty Alexander
2001 No Greater Love Sonny Stitt
2001 Sonny's Blues Sonny Stitt
2002 Basie Swings The Count Basie Big Band
2002 Blues Around the Clock Various Artists
2002 Fourtieth Anniversary Wolverines Big Band
2002 Jazz4Chillin' Various Artists
2002 Jazz4Lovers: Mellow Tunes for Private Hours Various Artists
2002 Timeless Count Basie Count Basie
2003 At Last! Steve Ahern
2003 My Favorite Vibes Dany Doriz
2003 So What! DJ Please
2004 Grover Mitchell Big Band Grover Mitchell Big Band
2004 Just Friends: Live at Bubba's Jazz Restaurant 1981 Sonny Stitt
2007 Alexander the Great: Monty Swings on MPS Monty Alexander
2007 Sings Old and New Shoes Millie Vernon


  • Duffy Jackson's French Connection was recorded in Paris during Christmas 1997. It features three of France's best jazz musicians and captures the electrifying performances recorded live at the Alliance Jazz Club.

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Cymbals: Zildjian

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