British bandleader Jack Jackson
was born in Yorkshire in 1907, going on to study at the Royal Academy of Music. His first professional gigs were as a trumpeter on ocean liners, followed by stints backing Jack Hylton
and Bert Ambrose
; he also played with Bert Ralston on the ill-fated 1931 tour of South America which ended in Ralston's death. After two years with Jack Payne
, in 1933 Jackson
formed his own big band which was soon booked into the Dorchester Hotel, where it remained until the spring of 1939; in between the orchestra cut a number of recordings, some of them spotlighting blues legend Alberta Hunter
. Following their stay at the Dorchester, the group toured theaters, ballrooms and hotels until disbanding in 1947; Jackson
later moved on to a career in broadcasting.