Jason Jackson has been one of the busiest and most respected trombone players in New York City since settling there 21 years ago. In addition to the two years he spent touring the world with Ray Charles not long after his arrival, he has been the lead trombonist in the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band for the past decade and also currently plays that part in orchestras led by Roy Hargrove and Charles Tolliver. And on Mondays, his off-nights from playing in the pit bands of such Tony Award-winning Broadway productions as The Color Purple, Wonderful Town, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and presently Motown the Musical, he has been a member for the past 10 years of the Grammy Award-winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at the Village Vanguard. He also teaches part-time at the Manhattan School of Music, performs about once per month in a group he co-leads with his wife, vocalist Rosena Hill Jackson, and even finds time to occasionally sit in at jam sessions.
With the release of Inspiration, Jackson finally steps out of the background to present himself as a trombone soloist, arranger, composer, and bandleader of the first order. Recorded over a ten-year period at the legendary Capitol Studio A in Hollywood and at two studios in New York—but mostly at his and his wife’s Jack&Hill Recording Studio in their South Orange, New Jersey, home, with Jackson himself serving as recording engineer—the CD features Jackson at the helm of full orchestras made up of rhythm, horn, and string sections.
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This is a stellar performance by a trombone master who takes the nuances of
his instrument seriously. Jackson attains a sonic beauty which is almost a lost art
today. (VICTOR L. SCHERMER, 9/9/14 www.AllAboutJazz.com.)
Jackson influenced by Tommy Dorsey and Urbie Green has a tone and touch that
makes you feel you’re in safe hands when he takes the lead.. (SG, 8/27/14
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ
Laguardia High School for the Arts, NY, NY
Bloomingdale School of Music, NY, NY
Harlem School for the Arts NY, NY
How to approach the balance between art and craft as a working musician.
Coping with the demands of playing many different styles of music at a high
level. Concepts of section playing in a Big Band.