|Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson will perform with the university's Jazz Band on Tuesday, May 30.|
Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson will perform with the university's Jazz Band on Tuesday, May 30, at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $7. For more information, contact Teresa Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (909) 869-3554.
Raised in Denver, Jackson was exposed to some of the greatest musicians in jazz through his parents' music collection. Choosing the saxophone as his musical instrument, Jackson's early influences included Charlie Parker and Sonny Stitt.
Jackson attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., where he met instructor Donald Brown, a pianist for legendary drummer Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Jackson was soon offered and accepted the tenor saxophone position with the Jazz Messengers, thus beginning his professional career on the national and international stage with the group until 1990. Jackson recorded and toured alongside fellow Jazz Messengers Kenny Garrett, Wallace Roney, Terence Blanchard, Mulgrew Miller and Benny Green. He went on to tour and record with many jazz luminaries including Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter and Charlie Haden.
In all, Jackson has an impressive discography of more than 100 recordings for the Criss Cross, Blue Note and Palmetto labels. He has recorded the music of Frank Zappa, Carlos Santana, Carlos Jobim, Stevie Wonder and Muddy Water.
He holds a bachelor's of music from Berklee College and a masters of music from State University of New York, Purchase College where he is assistant professor of jazz education.
For more information on Jackson, visit www.javonjackson.com.