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From one of Canada’s swing masters comes a 22-track album of unreleased Washington recordings spanning a twenty year period, as well as musical contributions from Colin Linden, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Mose Scarlett, Chris Whiteley, Graham Townsend, Reg Schwager and producer Ken Whiteley
DVD included: I Want to Be Happy: The Jackie Washington Story, a documentary produced and directed by Ari A. Cohen (2006) that tells the life story of 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.
Jackie Washington was born on November 12, 1919 in Hamilton. He was the second oldest of 13 children. The young Jackie began performing at age 5 and over his almost 90 years gave untold happiness to thousands of people across Canada. Right after the Second World War he became Canada’s first black disc jockey. He had a repertoire of over 1,256 songs as well as a remarkable memory for people, places, birthdays and trains among many other things. His song “Alone In The Dark” from the Juno nominated recording he made with Mose Scarlett and Ken Whiteley, was selected by the Canada Council as one of the songs honoured to mark 100 years of recorded music in Canada. He was a living connection to early African Canadian music, the swing era and much more. He received many awards and honours including an Honorary Doctorate from McMaster U., but it was his positive attitude to life that really made him so loved.
Jackie earned a Juno nomination and was inducted into Hamilton’s Gallery of Distinction in 1995 and the Canadian Jazz and Blues Hall of Fame in 2002.
Jackie never had a bad word for anyone and continually spread love and joy wherever he went.
You can continue to hear that joy and love in his music today.