Remembering Jack Lussier

John H. “Jack” Lussier played with Middleton Jazz for about eight years. A talented drummer, Jack chose to play washboard in his later years and liked to be introduced as “Washboard Jackson”. His washboard quite literally had all the bells and whistles on it!

Jack was one of Madison’s most prolific philanthropists, but he rarely spoke of it. He enjoyed making people happy, and he certainly did that through his music.

Jack passed away on July 27, 2018, at age 90.

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“Washboard” Jackson

Monroe, Wisconsin

On July 17th, 2018, we had the privilege of playing for the Behring Senior Center in Monroe, Wisconsin. We had a large audience who seemed to be having almost as much fun as we were! Thanks to Debbie Trexel for the pic.

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Make Music Madison on June 21, 2018

We were pleased to participate in Make Music Madison on Thursday, June 21, 2018. We played in Hoyt Park at 6:00 p.m. and had an appreciative audience, in spite of the rain. If you were there, you know we had a medical emergency just after our performance. Thanks to the quick action and skills of many people, we were able to avoid a tragedy, and we are all grateful for that.

For those who missed our performance, and those who were there and want to remember the best of the event, here is a small sample featuring Dick Trexel on clarinet: