Daugherty and son Geoff Daugherty are both accomplished luthiers and
bassists. They have co-joined their photographic talents to create this
story behind the picture. They are owners of “The Daugherty Violin
Shop” in Eureka, California (www.stringrepair.net).
Just Play B Natural
Some kids grow up knowing the names of baseball players while I grew up knowing the names of jazz musicians in big bands.
For instance, in Woody Herman’s band, there were such names as Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Al Cohn; Shorty Rogers, Bernie Glow and Milt Jackson. But, the most fascinating for me was the bass player, Chubby Jackson.
I learned that Chubby joined Woody’s band in 1943. He was a zany character who brought a touch of vaudeville to the band. He was known as the cheerleader. His antics ranged from wearing comical costumes, doing slapstick routines with his bass to giving outlandish vocalizations. However, none of his clowning over shadowed his powerful bass playing. In 1946, he won the readers jazz polls for best bass player in magazines Esquire, Metronome and Down Beat. Also, that year, he endorsed the model S-51 Kay bass. It had five strings with a blond finish and was called the “Chubby Jackson Model.”
the 1950s, Chubby led his own band. In addition to making recordings
and touring in Europe, he hosted a television show for kids on ABC in
Chicago. His eighteen piece band was featured between re-runs of “The
Little Rascals.” In those days, when I was a teenager, I had a 45rpm
album of his band called, “Father Knickerbopper.” The music was
high-powered and dynamic.