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Fred Jackson

'Fast' Fred Jackson, who formed the Manhattan Blues Alliance in the blues halcyon days of 1984, has devoted a great deal of his time to the preservation and promotion of the blues in New York using television as his main platform. Over the last 12 years, Jackson has been responsible for networking musicians together with clubs and festivals, giving visibility to local as well as national acts, promoting blues women and providing cultural education about the blues up and down the Eastern seaboard.
Jackson founded the Manhattan Blues Alliance originally to fight the cabaret laws which, at the time, had a requirement that no more than three musicians could be on stage (at Dan Lynch's for example) at a time. That meant that one musician, often an extra guitar or harmonica player, would play in the basement and the audio was pumped upstairs through the PA. The second reason for starting the MBA was to teach the blues to people and procure an audience for it.
Capital was needed to further education in the blues. In 1986, Jackson created 'Juke Joint,' a public access blues show which was designed to educate viewers. He led on-the-air workshops until it ended in 1991. Jackson has always been drawn to television to reach the greatest numbers of people. He then created the public access show 'Blues In The Night' for which he produced over 200 shows to date, once a week on Manhattan cable, Channel 17. For his TV programs, Jackson brings his own video crew around to clubs, festivals and concerts where blues acts are playing throughout the Tri-state area. He has also produced shows featuring jam sessions out of local clubs like Manny's Car Wash in NYC. In the past, Jackson has had the cooperation of the Baruch Colledge broadcast studio to produce shows with artists such as the Holmes brothers, and the late great guitarist/harpist Louis Meyers (who played with Muddy). Not surprisingly, the ubiquitous Jackson has managed to utilize a satellite uplink which allows 'Blues In The Night' to be seen on public access TV all over the East Coast and Austin, Texas.

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