American jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader and educator, Javon Jackson, came into international prominence as a member of the legendary Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers from 1986 until Blakey’s death in 1990.
Jackson went on to release 22 recordings as a bandleader and tour and record on over 150 CDs with jazz greats including Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Stanley Turrentine and Ben E. King.
Part of a new generation of musicians that blends tradition with neo-jazz, Jackson’s own bands features straight ahead jazz, hard bop, soul and funk.
His recording, The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni, has been nominated for a 54th NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Jazz Album –Instrumental.
Jackson is currently Chair of the University of Hartford’s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz Studies since 2013.
You can read more of his incredible Bio HERE
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WOW! This was a POWER PODCAST! I feel like I just attended a Masterclass with Javon Jackson — HIstory, advice, tips, great stories. I listened to the audio and will go back to watch the video for the full experience. And I downloaded the transcript as well. This one was so chock full that it is going to take some time to reflect on it and see how I can incorporate some of what he said into my practice routine. Great interview! Thank you very much for presenting it.
Thank YOU for recommending Javon, Laura! This is one of those episodes that people will want to listen to again and again.