A video clip from the documentary film I Want to Be Happy, which focuses on legendary jazz musician Jackie Washington. Produced and directed by Ari A. Cohen. From YouTube.
Washington made three solo albums and another four with Mose Scarlett and Ken Whiteley, and was seen in the film version of Sneezy Waters' Hank WIlliams: The Show He Never Gave. Two books, a memoir prepared by James Strecker, Talks with Jackie Washington (Hamilton 1988) and Washington's autobiography (with Strecker), More than a blues singer (Hamilton 1996), detail the singer's experiences as a black performer in Canada and his encounters with visiting US jazz musicians. In 2005, Washington was the subject of a television documentary on Bravo.
Among his awards and honours, Jackie Washington received lifetime achievement awards from the Ontario Arts Council (1991), the Maple Blues Awards (1998), the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (2001) and the Hamilton Music Awards (2004). He was inducted into the Canadian Jazz and Blues Hall of Fame in 2002. Washington's archives and collections are at McMaster University.
Blues and Sentimental. 1976. Knight II K2001
Keeping Out of Mischief. 1995. Pyramid PD-014
Midnight Choo Choo. 1998. Borealis BCD112
with Scarlett and Whiteley:
Where Old Friends Meet. 1991. Pyramid PD-006
Three by Three. 1995. Pyramid PD-012
We'll Meet Again. 1999. Borealis BCD120
Sitting on a Rainbow. 2003. Borealis BCD153
Rockingham, Graham. "Hamilton loses a legend," The Hamilton Spectator, 29 Jun 2009
Links to Other Sites
Jackie Washington: 1919 - 2009
An obituary for the great jazz and blues musician Jackie Washington. From thespec.com.
I Want to Be Happy: The Jackie Washington Story
A brief synopsis of a documentary on the life of blues singer Jackie Washington. From Téléfilm Canada.
I Want to Be Happy
A video clip from the documentary film "I Want to Be Happy" which focuses on legendary jazz musician Jackie Washington. Produced and directed by Ari A. Cohen. From YouTube.