Saxophonist Javon Jackson has backed and played with the who’s who of jazz icons. From Art Blakey to Freddy Hubbard to Les McCann, Jackson’s musical style changes from straight ahead jazz to soul jazz depending on the projects and musicians he decides to play with.
The Denver, Colorado native’s parents supported him at an early age to play saxophone. But it was his parents record collection where he listened to Sonny Stitt, Joe Henderson, and other jazz greats. Pianist Bill Wallace let the young musician play while attending high school developing his chops on the horn.
Jackson was also an Assistant Professor of Jazz Education at SUNY Purchase College and is one of the most highly request saxophonists in the business. We sat down and talked between sets at Smoke in New York and he’s excited about his next upcoming months on the road.
Javon’s latest disc is “Once Upon A Melody” on the Palmetto Record label. For tour dates visit it his website at javonjackson.com. For the Pace Report, reporting live from Smoke Jazz & Supper Club in New York, I’m Brian Pace.