Oliver Jackson

Oliver Jackson (April 28, 1933[1] – May 29, 1994),[2] also known as Bops Junior,[1] was an American jazz drummer.


Jackson was born in Detroit, Michigan, United States,[1] where he played in the 1940s with Thad Jones, Tommy Flanagan, and Wardell Gray, and had a variety show with Eddie Locke called Bop & Locke.[1] After working with Yusef Lateef from 1954 until 1956, he moved to New York, where he played regularly at the Metropole in 1957 and 1958. Following this he worked with Teddy Wilson, Charlie Shavers (1959–61), Buck Clayton, Benny Goodman (1962), Lionel Hampton (1962–64), Kenny Burrell, Earl Hines (1964–70 intermittently) and the JPJ Quartet with Budd Johnson.[1] Later in life he played with Sy Oliver (1975–80), Oscar Peterson, and George Wein's Newport All-Stars.[1] 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.[1] His nephew, Ali Jackson Jr., is a jazz drummer.[3]

Jackson died from heart failure in New York City at the age of 61.[2]


As leaderEdit

As sidemanEdit

With Ray Alexander

  • Rain In June (Nerus Records, 1992)

With Gene Ammons

With Ray Bryant

With Kenny Burrell

With Buck Clayton

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

With Dexter Gordon

With Johnny Hodges

With Major Holley and Slam Stewart

With Illinois Jacquet

With Etta Jones

With Paul Gonsalves

With Hank Jones

With King Curtis

With Yusef Lateef

With Gildo Mahones

With Billy Mitchell

With Joe Newman

With Billy Strayhorn

With Joe Thomas and Jay McShann


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 223. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  2. ^ a b "Obituary: Oliver Jackson". The Independent. 23 October 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  3. ^ Chinen, Nate (August 19, 2009). "Bops, Hums and Pings, Turned into Jazz". The New York Times. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
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