Jackie Washington’s music was rooted in the popular quartets and swinging big bands of the 1930s and 40s. Here for the first time a 22-track album of unreleased Washington recordings spanning a twenty-year period. Along with Jackie are musical contributions from Colin Linden, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Mose Scarlett, Chris Whiteley, Graham Townsend, Reg Schwager and producer Ken Whiteley.
Along with the 22 song CD Is the DVD “I Want to Be Happy: The Jackie Washington Story”, a documentary produced and directed by Ari A. Cohen that tells the life story of this astounding, then 86-year old jazz singer, guitarist, storyteller and personality, Jackie Washington, who has a musical repertoire of nearly 1,300 songs and whose legendary lifetime spans close to a century of musical and black history. Included are rare archives, numerous live performances, emotional interviews and a road trip touring across Canada. Run time: 47:51.
Also available from Borealis Records