Frank E. Jackson Sr., 89, a retired Philadelphia Police Department auto mechanic whose musical talents gave rise to the Frank Jackson Big Band, died Friday, Dec. 6, of cardiac arrest at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby Borough.
Mr. Jackson, a longtime resident of West Philadelphia, retired after 29 years with the department in 1988. His true passion, though, was music. A gifted, self-taught performer on multiple instruments, he also composed and arranged music.
After retiring, he formed a 15-piece band consisting of three trumpets, three trombones, five saxophones, a standing bass, drums, guitar and piano.
The ensemble, featuring vocalist Anita Mooreland, performed in New York, Philadelphia, South Jersey, and Delaware. Much of the band's music was arranged by Mr. Jackson.