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October 21, 2005

Canadian Jazz Guitarist Featured on Bravo Television

Written by
cindy mcleod


From a History of Slavery to Making Music History

World Television Premiere – November 22 @ 8pm ET

Jackie Washington, the charismatic 86 year old singer/guitarist born in Ontario, has his life story featured in an upcoming Bravo! Television special.

A Canadian legend, Mr. Washington has been performing jazz, swing, folk, and blues music for eighty years of his life. He is also renowned for his encyclopedic knowledge of music history, and has amassed a repertoire of nearly 1300 songs.

Washington�s grandfather escaped slavery in Virginia, traveling north and eventually settling in Hamilton, Canada. During the Big Band Era, his home became the gathering place for black touring musicians such as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and Count Basie.

Jackie Washington was born one of 15 children, and as a child of five years of age, began performing with his brothers in the Washington Quartet, who performed throughout the 20/s & 30�s. He went on to become a solo artist, often performing with his trio, which included fellow greats Mose Scarlet and Ken Whitely. Washington made history when he became the first black radio DJ in Canada, as the host of a jazz program. He was recently recognized for his contributions with a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Ontario Arts Council.

The Bravo! television special features candid interviews with Washington from his present day home in a senior�s residence in Hamilton. He shares stories of his remarkable life, the obstacles he overcame, and the passion that drove him to write music history in Canada. The documentary also includes footage of his trio on a cross-Canada performance tour.


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