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Michael Gregory Jackson

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: August 28, 1953    

Michael Gregory Jackson

Bio by Sal Cataldi One of the most influential guitarists to emerge during New York’s avant-garde loft jazz scene has returned to influence a new generation of edge-pushing, genre-hopping musicians. He’s also returned, after a few decades’ detour courtesy of “The King of Pop,” to his original name and performance moniker – Michael Gregory Jackson.

Michael has tread a winding musical path over his 30-plus year career, embracing everything from creative music, jazz, blues, rock and electronica soundscapes to harmonically rich and lyrically-deep vocal tunes, with the complex arrangements and subtleties that are a signature of his music. His ability to span musical genres was best captured by one reviewer’s depiction, “Musical Mercury.”...
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    Clarity

    ESP Disk
    2010
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    Cowboys, Cartoons & Assorted Candy...

    Creative Sources
    1982
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    Gifts

    Creative Sources
    1979
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    Heart & Center

    Creative Sources
    1979
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    Karmonic Suite

    Creative Sources
    1978
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    Clarity

    Creative Sources
    1977

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Clarity

ESP Disk (2010)
Michael Gregory Jackson's music is spiritual and holds the light - even in the darkness - as he sings “Come on and lift me up/ I've falling down again”

This is how the music is: it contains a will to dive into the deepest layers of human life, but is at the same time also a tribute to life itself. A sound painting that covers the diversity of life itself.

Jakob Baekgaard, Jazz Special (Denmark) June 2013”

One of the most lyrical musicians working today...singularly personal and arresting and one of contemporary music's few genuine poets... Gregory's daring, darting vocal is so serene yet intense that one is hard-put naming a contemporary vocalist of similar grace and power.” —Down Beat




“By the time he was twenty-one he was already one of the most original jazz guitarist to emerge since the Sixties.” —Rolling Stone 

 Michael Gregory Jacksons’ “Heart and Center, with it’s completely original synthesis of influences ranging from Stravinsky to Duke Ellington to Hendrix to Earth, Wind, and Fire is unlike anything that’s been heard before.” - Robert Palmer - Rolling Stone


“Gregory has that rare combination of virtuosity and versatility, able to play the guitar whiz...then slip easily into hugely commercial cuts...

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