My Milt Jackson Story

At tonight’s clinic at Flushing Town Hall in Queens I’ll be talking about Milt Jackson, the great vibraphonist and founding member of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Since I haven’t posted anything in ages on my blog I figured it was time, so here’s my story about how I met Milt Jackson:

It was a beautiful summer day and I was standing outside my building in Harlem talking to my upstairs neighbor (baritone saxophonist Ray Franks) when a mini-van drove by slowly. Ray exclaimed, “hey, that was Milt Jackson!” then yells to the car, “HEY! MR. JACKSON!”

The van came to a screeching halt; we ran over and spoke with the great Mr. Jackson. His daughter was driving him somewhere and was kind enough to pull over to let us have a few moments with this great jazz legend. (It probably helped that my upstairs neighbor happened to be in Lionel Hampton’s band, and had met Milt before. I had never met him, and for me it was super cool.)

To this day, I still can’t believe that Milt Jackson’s daughter stopped the car when Ray yelled his name down the street.

So if you are so inclined to hear me tell that story in person and also play some cool recordings of Milt Jackson later on, here’s where you’ll find me:


6-7 p.m. – Clinic
7-10 p.m. – Jam Session (free for participating musicians and members, $10 general admission

Mika Mimura – vibraphone
AM – guitar
Peter Brendler – bass
Brian Woodruff – drums

137-35 Northern Blvd
Flushing NY 11354


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