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Jackson, Jimmy “Junebug” D.C.'s jazz scene said goodbye to a beloved drummer.

Ten days after his 55th birthday in January, accomplished and beloved D.C. jazz drummer Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson died of congestive heart failure. A native of Kalamazoo, Mich., Jackson arrived in Washington in 2005 after spending 21 years with the late organist Jimmy Smith; almost immediately, he became an indispensable pillar of the jazz community, thanks to his tight timekeeping and goofy humor. He was also the house drummer at HR-57, meaning that at one time or another he worked with just about every player in town. Jackson’s death touched off several weeks worth of richly deserved tributes at HR and beyond and dedications that continued throughout the year.

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