Jackie 5 & Dime

Jackie 5 & DimeGuitarist Jack Wolworth a.k.a. Jackie 5 & Dime, is a self-taught Musician/Composer.   At two years old, Jack had already found an affinity for music. It was then that he first began to "noodle away" on an old Kimball grand piano that sat in the parlor of his Aunt and Uncle's Milwaukee apartment above the family-owned funeral home. The only rule was, he had to stop playing when the organist began playing downstairs. For his thirteenth birthday Jack received a $37 electric guitar that he plugged into an old RCA television set. The TV worked fine as his first amplifier. It was Blues and Jazz that drew his interest from here on out. At twenty one he was already an established professional musician and he has constantly broadened his abilities through the years achieving success not only as a fine guitarist, but as a composer, orchestrator, and arranger also.

As a   freelance artist Jack has performed with Blues and Jazz musicians: Pine Top Perkins, Sam Carr, Matt "Guitar" Murphy", John Primer, Phil Guy, Billy Branch, Odie  Payne Jr., Jimmy Johnson, Louisiana Red, Sax Mallard, "Superbonist" Ashley Alexander, Willie Thomas, Tony Scodwell,  Eddie DeHaas, Bobby Roberts, Warren Kime, Dave Remington, Chuck Hedges, George Pritchett, Kay Berigan,   Mike Alongi, Jack Brand, Julian Deluna, and many others.

In 1990 he was nominated for an Arts Midwest Jazz Masters Award.

As an Orchestrator/Arranger, Jack's published works include Broadway favorite Charles Strouse's musical adaptation of Charlotte's Web, Emmy award winner Allen Jay Friedman's Winnie the Pooh, and Shakespeare and the Indians, and London England's renowned poet/lyricist Adrian Mitchell and composer Andy Roberts' adaptation of The Patchwork Girl of Oz.  In 1998 Blues legend Billy Boy Arnold requested that Jack write arrangements of Mr. Arnold's songs for use with his Blues band.

He has performed for music industry events working for the companies of Yamaha, Boosey and Hawkes and Getzen.  Being featured as well as backing their guest artists.  In 1997 and 1998 Wolworth was hired by the Hofner Company of Germany as a freelance consultant on their Jazzica Special, and Nightingale Special model guitars.

Jack is heard throughout the score of The Art of Heflin, the video documentary of artist/painter Tom Heflin, and has recorded for independent producer Vern Castle.   In 1996 as a record producer himself, Jack produced a Geneva Red and the Roadsters 45rpm single for Full Cyrkle Records.  Again in 1997 producing Geneva Red and the Roadsters compact disk Alley Ways for Full Cyrkle and in 2005 their CD Gettin' Cocky for Bottle Cap Records. In 2006 produced The Original Delta Fireballs, Come On With It - LIVE released on Bottle Cap.

He moonlights as a Dixieland Banjo player and has worked with, among others, the popular Monday Morning Dixie Band.

His work has also included pit band and orchestra performances.   Playing guitar and banjo for classic musicals like Bye Bye Birdie, Annie, The Sound of Music and Grease to mention a few.

In 1989 Jack was creator and producer of Jazz Works, a sixteen program radio series for Getzen Musical Instruments, Ltd.

In 1995 and again in 1996 Jack was artistic and entertainment director for Jake Sweeney's 2nd and 3rd Annual Jazz Festival in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Supporting music education in our school systems, Jack has been a guest speaker/performer and has organized music workshops for young people.

Jack is a member of BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.).

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