Jackson’s Ft. Worth, Texas upbringing;
College associations with roommate pianist John Hicks, as well as classmates Lester Bowie, Oliver Nelson, Oliver Lake, and Julius Hemphill;
Early work with singers Dinah Washington, Arthur Prysock, and Betty Carter;
Early work with instrumentalists such as Kenny Dorham, Stanley Turrentine, Jackie McLean, McCoy Tyner, and Ray Bryant;
The impact of Trane’s death on his music;
Meeting pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs and embarking on his spiritual growth;
Playing with Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor;
Forming the Decoding Society, and more.
Again, that’s “Another Kind of Funky Drummer”, a tribute to the late Ronald Shannon Jackson, on WPFW radio at 89.3FM and streaming at wpfwfm.org, this Friday at 12AM (midnight), on the Friday Part I edition of Overnight Jazz…where reaching out is a habit.