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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Instructor
Blues Musician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Holiday Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Gulf Coast
Favorite Quote:
How Do You Know Your Love Be True Unless Your Love Be Tried.

Birthplace

Born:
6/9/1953
Birth Location:
Doddsville, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Instructor
Blues Musician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Holiday Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Gulf Coast
Favorite Quote:
How Do You Know Your Love Be True Unless Your Love Be Tried.

Birthplace

Born:
6/9/1953
Birth Location:
Doddsville
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Biography

Blues musician and music instructor Fruteland Jackson was born Vincent Sherman Chandler on June 9, 1953 in Doddsville, Sunflower County, Mississippi. His maternal family tree can be documented back to 1863. Jackson is the fourth of six children born to John Chandler and Ida B. Collins. His childhood years were spent in Chicago and Mississippi. Jackson was raised in a musical family and was introduced to the guitar at the age of ten but had little interest in studying the instrument. Instead, Jackson played bugle and trombone while in high school. Jackson graduated from high school in 1970 and entered Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois, where he studied music and theater. He later studied vocal performance at Chicago’s Roosevelt University. Jackson then postponed his artistic ambitions to work as a private investigator and with the State of Illinois Department of Human Rights.

In 1980, Jackson moved back to Mississippi, settling in Biloxi. From 1981 to 1985, he owned and operated Camel Seafood Company. Hurricane Elena of 1985 had devastating effects in Mississippi and left Jackson without a business. At this time, he returned to his musical ambitions and immersed himself in study of the guitar and in blues music.

Jackson performs and preserves acoustic blues from both traditional and contemporary styles including field hollers, work songs, Delta blues and Piedmont blues. In 1996, Jackson helped to establish the “Blues In The Schools” program. Jackson’s educational blues programs have been presented at schools and universities throughout the United States. In 1996, Jackson was awarded the Illinois Arts Council Folk/Ethnic Heritage Award. In 2003, he was nominated for the W.C. Handy Award as “Acoustic Blues Album of the Year”, for his album, Blues 2.0. Jackson records for Electro-Fi Records.

Fruteland Jackson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 12, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Fruteland Jackson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Fruteland Jackson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Fruteland Jackson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Fruteland Jackson describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Fruteland Jackson recounts stories of his mother's family in Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Fruteland Jackson talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Fruteland Jackson describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Fruteland Jackson describes the events that led his parents to move to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Fruteland Jackson talks about his siblings, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Fruteland Jackson talks about his siblings, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Fruteland Jackson talks about his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Fruteland Jackson talks about his early childhood memories, including his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Fruteland Jackson talks about his elementary school education in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Fruteland Jackson describes his motivations as a student during elementary school in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Fruteland Jackson describes his childhood aspirations and his relationship with his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Fruteland Jackson describes his time at Lindblom Technical High School and the University of Islam in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Fruteland Jackson explains his choice to leave the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Fruteland Jackson explains the origin of his name
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Fruteland Jackson describes his work in food service and as a private investigator for E.V. Allen and Associates
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Fruteland Jackson talks about his mother's death and his time at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Fruteland Jackson describes his first two marriages
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Fruteland Jackson describes his life and his children with his third wife, Jennice Chandler
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Fruteland Jackson describes his growth as a guitarist and musician
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Fruteland Jackson talks about his decision to move to Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Fruteland Jackson describes setbacks in his work career during the late 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Fruteland Jackson explains the events that led him to pursue music as a profession
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Fruteland Jackson describes his calling to blues music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Fruteland Jackson describes Camel Seafood, the business he ran in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Fruteland Jackson describes his inspirations as a blues artist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Fruteland Jackson describes the present and future of the blues genre
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Fruteland Jackson talks about getting involved with Blues in the Schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Fruteland Jackson talks about working with Blues in the Schools to help communities grieve and heal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Fruteland Jackson describes and demonstrates the difference between Piedmont blues and Delta blues
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Fruteland Jackson describes musicians and techniques within the Piedmont blues style
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Fruteland Jackson reflects upon his life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Fruteland Jackson gives advice for people interested in going into blues music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Fruteland Jackson describes his ambitions for future projects
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Fruteland Jackson reflects upon his life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Fruteland Jackson explains the importance of knowing one's history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Fruteland Jackson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Fruteland Jackson narrates his photographs