Born: August 28, 1953
MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON Bio (Selected Highlights)
One of the most influential and innovative guitarists to emerge during New York’s avant-garde loft scene in the 70s, master guitarist, composer, and improviser Michael Gregory Jackson has spanned and at times defied musical genres. He has embraced everything from avant-garde, 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. In his early career, Rolling Stone magazine called Jackson “the most original jazz guitarist to emerge since the sixties.”...
One of the most lyrical musicians working today...singularly personal and arresting and one of contemporary music's few genuine poets... Jackson'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 (Jackson) has that rare combination of virtuosity and versatility, able to play the guitar whiz...then slip easily into hugely commercial cuts...