He conducted the only interview Dizzy Gillespie wanted a copy of. He hosts an annual commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr., that brings listeners to tears with music befitting of King’s words. From Duke Ellington to Joshua Redman to new horns on the block, Eric Jackson of WGBH-FM is the undisputed champion for jazz in Boston, a cultural treasure whose calm, college-professor voice explains backstories that further illuminate the music. Such richness did not protect him.
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