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Tony Jackson

Higher Level Record: 92-48-L.408
ID Number: 92-48-L.241
Title: Tony Jackson
Title Type: assigned
Item Status: Permanent Collection     Legal Status: Permanent Collection
Object Name: gelatin silver prints
Collection Type: Photography
Artist/Maker: Russell, William, 1905-1992 (collector) -- More information
Date: probably between 1907 and 1916
Process/Technique: gelatin silver process
Materials: photographic gelatin
silver (metal)
photographic paper
Dimensions: 10 x 8 1/16 inches
Object Description Tony Jackson. Numbered: 5i. With notation: Photo from Al Rose.
Label Text: Storyville: Madams and Music 2017-04-05
Tony Jackson
between 1907 and 1916; gelatin silver print
The William Russell Jazz Collection, acquisition made possible by the Clarisse Claiborne Grima Fund, MSS 508, 92-48-L.241
At the top of the District's musical hierarchy were the piano players who worked at the most expensive brothels. "Professors," as they were commonly known, played for tips against a guarantee put up by the madams. Playing at the most exclusive brothels meant access to an audience with deep pockets. With no band members to pay out, professors were the highest paid of the District's musicians, and, within this group, Tony Jackson (1882-1921) was the king.
In an interview with folklorist and ethnographer Alan Lomax, pianist Jelly Roll Morton described Jackson as "the greatest single-hand entertainer in the world." In Storyville, New Orleans (1974), the musician Manuel "Fess" Manetta is quoted as saying, "Tony was in charge from the day he went to work. We all listened to him. Nobody could match him." Known for his all-encompassing repertoire and beautiful singing voice, Jackson was the top entertainer in Storyville. Entirely self-taught, he began working in the District during his teenage years and was known to have played at most of the high-end brothels, including Lulu White's Mahogany Hall, Hilma Burt's, and Antonia P. Gonzales's, as well as saloons such as Frank Early's and the Frenchman's.
Extent: 1 item
Acq. Credit Line: The William Russell Jazz Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection, acquisition made possible by the Clarisse Claiborne Grima Fund
Collection Theme(s): Jazz
Performers and Composers
Subjects: African American musicians.
Jackson, Tony, 1876-1921 -- More information
Rose, Al, 1916-1993 -- More information
Condition: Good
Other Number: manuscript call number MSS 508

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