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Milton (Milt) Jackson (Detroit (Michigan), 1923 – January 1, Manhattan (New York), October 9, 1999) was a legendary American jazzvibraphonist, who-with the Modern Jazz Quartet, one of the longest surviving bands in the history of jazz. The popularity of this Quartet of musicians was, according to Jackson, primarily due to the way improvised was on classical music, which led to a combination of classical with jazz and pop.
Jackson started as a singer at the age of 7. He sang duets with gospel-his brother Alvin. Later, he also played piano and he developed his musicality in high school. Eventually he came off at the vibraphone, because of the similarities that the instrument shows up with the human voice.
Milt Jackson is almost 60 years been active in music and has worked with pioneers like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane andColeman Hawkins. [source? ]During his career he won the National Music Award, the French Bicentennial Award and an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music inBoston, Massachusetts. In addition, he has acquired in places the Percussion Hall Of Fame and Downbeat magazine's Hall Of Fame.