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Lift Every Voice and Sing

The Black Excellence Trombone Choir 1st Tenor Trombone – Mike Dease, Wycliffe Gordon, Jason Jackson 2nd Tenor Trombone – Skye Dearborn , Burt Mason, John Romero, Ken Thompkins 3rd Tenor Trombone – Chris Crenshaw, Robin Eubanks, Jeffery Miller, Dion Tucker 4th Tenor Trombone – Kenton Campbell, Cooper Cromwell-Whitley, Robyn Smith, Weston Sprott 5th Tenor Trombone – Taylor Alexis, James Burton, Andrae Murchison 6th Tenor Trombone – Gabriel Colby, David Jackson, Keith Jackson, Stephen Wilson Bass Trombone 1 – Hakeem Bilal, Isrea Butler, Darrin C. Milling, Martin McCain, Earl McIntyre, Erica Nichols Bass Trombone 2 – Doug Purviance, Jahleel Smith, Ehren Valme, Chris Davis String Bass – Jordyn Davis Organ – Luther Allison Drums – Ulysses Owens

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I Wish I Knew How

I WISH I KNEW HOW performed by Rosen M. Hill Jackson – Vocal, Jason Jackson – Trombone, John O’Neill – Piano. Music and lyrics by Dr. Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas. Recorded LIVE at the Hill Jackson Family Music Studio.

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A NIGHT IN TUNISIA by Dizzy Gillespie featuring Greg Gisbert – trumpet, and Neal Smith – drums

Dizzy Gillespie’s A Night In Tunisia featuring Neal Smith – drums, and Greg Gisbert – trumpet. Also in the band is: Jason Jackson – trombone Cyrus Chestnut – piano David Wong – Bass Don Braden – Tenor Sax

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Black Butterfly

Black Butterfly – Rosena M. Hill Jackson – vocal, piano and Jason Jackson – trombone. Written by Cynthia Well & Barry Mann

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Lift Every Voice And Sing

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A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes – Over The Rainbow Hill Jackson Family Music Studio

Rosena M. Hill Jackson sings a medley of Disney Classic “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes,” and Sound of music’s “Over The Rainbow” live with her band. Rosena M. Hill Jackson – Vocal,  Jason Jackson – Trombone/Arranger, Barry Danielian – Trumpet, Michael Karn – Bass, Jeremy Clemons – Drums, Jeb Patton – Piano, Saul Rubin – Guitar, Composed by: Mack David, Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingston, Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg.

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Moanin’ Performed by Rosena M Hill Jackson Voice and Jason Jackson Trombone

Rosena M. Hill Jackson – Vocal, Jason Jackson – Trombone, Neal Smith – Drums, David Wong – Bass, Cyrus Chestnut – Piano, Don Braden – Tenor Sax, Greg Gisbert – Trumpet, perform “Moanin'” on the Sounds Of Sarah Vaughan show at SOPAC January 27, 2012

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Great Day, Rosena M. Hill Jackson – voice, Cyrus Chestnut – Pno., Neal Smith Drums, David Wong Bs.

Rosena M. Hill Jackson on Voice, Cyrus Chestnut on Piano, David Wong on bass, and Neal Smith on drums perform “Great Day” at SOPAC on January 27, 2012 in The Sounds Of Sarah Vaughan.

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Hill Jackson Family Music Studio Video

Enjoy this informative video about breath control by my wife Rosena Jackson.   The music in the video is an original composition by Rosena and Me.

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Ron Carter Bone Section

Steve Davis, James Burton and me playing with Ron Carter’s Great Big Band at  Birdland. What a swingin’ section.

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“Ain’t Too Proud” on Broadway

Shawn Edmonds and me In the “pit” room for the Broadway production of “Ain’t Too Proud.”

Its always fun working with this band!  I love Playing those classic horn section lines, and we get to put on a clip on mic, costume and dance onstage at the end of the show.

 

 

 

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Ron Carter Big Band

Ron Carter at Birdland

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Jason Jackson at Beautiful the Carole King Misical

I am subbing at “Beautiful” the Carole King Musical, all weekend on Broadway in New York City with my buddy Tatum Greenblatt.

The goal for me this weekend is to sound as “commercial” as possible.  One of my favorite trumpet players (who shall go nameless)  gave me some tips on how to achieve a commercial sound.

I don’t want to give away his secrets, but I did have to slap on a smaller mouth piece (bach 12c) to help me get that commercial sizzle, à la James Pankow from Chicago (one of my favorite “commercial” trombonists).  I am looking forward to the rest of the weekend playing Carole King’s Music.

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Jason Jackson and Tatum Greenblatt playing Beautiful the Carole King Musical
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My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center

I had the pleasure of performing as a substitute on Broadway’s “My Fair Lady” at Lincoln Center with these wonderful musicians Charley Gordon, and Marcus Rojas.

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Jimmy Heath and the Queens Jazz Orchestra

Jimmy Heath and the Queens Jazz Orchestra:

It Ain’t Over Yet

Friday, June 21, 2019 at 8 PM – 10 PM
Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd, Queens, New York 11354
Tickets: www.flushingtownhall.org
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Premier of “Now Is Infinite” by Jason Jackson tonight at The Bitter End, NYC

Tonight I will be performing and premiering my composition “Now Is Infinite,” written for the CompCord Big Band at the Bitter End in NYC.  There will be 15 other new works on the program as well.
Details:
– CompCord Big Band –  
Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at 7pm   
The Bitter End
147 Bleecker Street, NYC 10012
As Duke Ellington said, “Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don’t want it.” On March 28th at 7pm at The Bitter End, CompCord Big Band runs amok on a program featuring over a dozen perilous premieres. Adhering to the original Big Band concept of brief arrangements presented in quick tandem, while expanding the repertory with all new compositions for the 21st Century, CompCord Big Band features many iconic instrumentalists, as well as up-and-coming stars: Gerson Galante, Michiyo Suzuki, Daniel Schnyder, Scott Hoefling, Stefan Zeniuk – saxophones; Franz Hackl, Jonathan Finlayson, Peter Oswald, Jack Walrath – trumpets; John Clark – horn; Mike Seltzer, Jason Jackson – trombones; David Taylor – bass trombone; Carlton Holmes – piano; Laurence Goldman – bass; Joe Abba – drums; with Melanie Mitrano – voice; Sebastian Pritsker – voice; Bian Suzuki-Wolf – clarinet; and Gene Pritsker – conductor. Compositions by Aaron Alter, John Clark, Dan Cooper, Gerson Galante, Franz Hackl, Carlton Holmes, Peter Melnick, Melanie Mitrano, Ginka Mizuki, Alon Nechushtan, Gene Pritsker, Sebastian Pritsker, Zinovy Pritsker, Daniel Schnyder, Dave Soldier, David Taylor, and Stefan Zeniuk.
Staying in rotation for 34 years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past, but also an ethic of keeping one’s ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs, and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Svjetlana Bukvich, and Debra Kaye. Composers Concordance has also created a Naxos-distributed record label: Composers Concordance Records, co-directed by Peter Jarvis. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music, performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.
“An unwavering force in giving composers exposure through concert bookings and its own record label, the intrepid new-music organization Composers Concordance”  -The Brooklyn Rail. “For the past 30 years, Composers Concordance has been a booster for local composers, through both its concerts across the city and a record label.”  -The Wall Street Journal. “Enterprising new music organization” -The New York Times. “The Composers Concordance folks are unpredictable and at times refreshingly irreverent in a reverent sort of way….ingenious fun” -Classical-Modern Music Review. “Edgy… boisterous… demanding our attention” -San Diego Story. “These men and women are creating exciting music with elements of jazz, world music and many experimental techniques blended with equal parts classical tradition and playing techniques.” -Asbury Park Press. “There is considerable evidence to show that Composers Concordance may be one of the most exciting labels in American contemporary music.”   -JazzdaGama. 
DIRECTIONS: 
The Bitter End
is located at 147 Bleecker St.
between 28th and 29th Streets.
By Subway: 6 train to Bleecker St OR A,B,C,D,E,F,Q trains to West 4th St OR 1/9 train to Christopher St / Sheridan Square
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Vanguard Jazz Orchestra in Portland Oregon for the 2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival

Mark Patterson and Jason Jackson in Portland OR at the 2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival

I had a wonderful time performing in Portland OR With the Vanguard Jazz Orxheatra.

Rich Perry, Dion Tucker and Jason Jackson in Portland OR
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VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA FEBRUARY 12 – FEBRUARY 17 at the Village Vanguard in New York City

VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA

FEBRUARY 12 – FEBRUARY 17

VILLAGE VANGUARD, 178 7TH AVENUE SOUTH, NEW YORK, NY 10014,  (212) 255-4037

SAXOPHONES
Dick Oatts (lead alto and soprano saxophones, flute)
Billy Drewes (alto and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet)
Rich Perry (tenor saxophone, flute)
Ralph LaLama (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet)
Gary Smulyan (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet)

TRUMPETS
Nick Marchione (lead)
John Chudoba
Terell Stafford
Scott Wendholt

TROMBONES
Mark Patterson (lead)
Jason Jackson
Dion Tucker
Douglas Purviance (bass trombone)

RHYTHM SECTION
Jim McNeely (piano)
John Riley (drums)
David Wong (bass)

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is a multiple Grammy Award-winning 16-piece jazz orchestra, comprised of a Who’s Who of New York City’s finest musicians.

The ensemble began its life as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1966. They are celebrating their 53rd year performing at the Village Vanguard with this special week long residency!

The Story

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is a multiple Grammy Award-winning 16-piece jazz orchestra, comprised of a Who’s Who of New York City’s finest musicians.

The ensemble began its life as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1966.

The world-famous Village Vanguard jazz club in New York City booked the newly formed band for three Monday nights that February. Those were wildly successful and the engagement was extended indefinitely. The Village Vanguard’s owner, Max Gordon, told Mel Lewis, “We’ll keep it going until it tapers off.” Over half a century and more than 2700 Monday nights later, it still hasn’t. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra stands apart from all other modern ensembles of its kind and is still as strong and vital as ever.

From the very beginning, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra captivated the jazz world with the fresh sound of Jones’ writing, Lewis’ incredible command of the ensemble and an entirely new approach to the big band genre. The band emphasized a “small group within the big band” concept, allowing its many top-flight jazz soloists to stretch out and play much longer than was previously typical in large ensembles.

Jones and Lewis enjoyed a very fruitful thirteen-year partnership, which produced fifteen albums, a number of world tours and a wealth of compositions that have become standard big band fare, still delighting audiences and challenging even the world’s best jazz musicians to this day.

When Jones unexpectedly moved to Denmark in 1979, Lewis kept the band together, changed its name and became the sole leader. The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra continued to perform the music of Thad Jones, but the legendary Bob Brookmeyer was recruited as musical director and his groundbreaking compositions provided an entirely new sonic direction for the band. Several other composers contributed new music to the book (including Bob Mintzer and Jim McNeely) and, under Lewis’ leadership, the band added another nine albums to its credits.

After Lewis passed away in 1990, the band became the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. With Jim McNeely as its composer in residence since 1995, the VJO has continued to honor the legacy established by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, but all the while continuing to push the boundaries of the big band idiom.

Over half of the albums (17 out of 32) in the band’s robust discography have been nominated for Grammys, with two of them winning the coveted award. In addition, the orchestra has performed on five continents and has won eleven “Best Big Band” awards in the DownBeat magazine Readers and Critics Polls.

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s regular Monday night gig at the Village Vanguard is the longest-running steady engagement in the history of jazz.

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Jason Jackson performing with Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra

Jason Jackson with Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra
Sunday, February 10th 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Birdland Jazz Club
315 W. 44th St.
New York, NY 10036
Reservations

Celebrating the release of two CD’s,
“Without a Trace” and “Portraits and Places.”
    Scott’s CDs and arrangements may be purchased at www.creativejazz.com/albums.
    Digital downloads available at
Band Camp, Amazon, and iTunes.
Selected Reviews:
Downbeat Magazine: “Reeves arrives at his sound – modern metric ideas, sweetly stacked harmonies that move in surprising directions, atypical musical alliances – by utilizing the full scope of his playing experience.”  (Suzanne Lorge)
London Jazz News: “His new release, Without a Trace, contains originals and standards, colourfully orchestrated, with an intimate, club-like ambience. These pieces really are ‘composed’…there is always a feeling of forward travel.” (Nigel Waddington)
New York City Jazz Record: “This is an excellent example of both modern big band music and the arranging of Reeves.” (Scott Yanow)
Jazz Times: “Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra is a wonder…hot compositions…a sizzling band…an assemblage of brilliant artists…the music is exciting, even thrilling.”
(Travis Rogers)

All About Jazz: “Reeves is a resourceful writer with…a keen ear for melody, harmony and counterpoint, his arrangements scrupulously burnished and invariably engaging.” (Jack Bowers)
Stereophile: “Within the highly specialized, invaluable, economically endangered discipline of composing and arranging for large jazz ensemble, a new badass has arrived. Reeves’s touch is always deft and light, his designs traced in fine lines.” (Thomas Conrad)
Personnel for this event is:

Scott Reeves – director, composer/arranger, alto trombone
Vocalist – Carolyn Leonhart
Saxophones – Vito Chiavuzzo, Jay Brandford, Tim Armacost,  Rob Middleton, Terry Goss
Trumpets – Seneca Black, Nathan Eklund, Chris Rogers, Andy Gravish
Trombones – Matt McDonald, Jason Jackson, Matt Haviland, Jennifer Wharton
Rhythm – Jim Ridl (piano), Todd Coolman (bass), Andy Watson (drums)

 

 

 

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Two Grammy Nominations

I am excited to share that I am on two Grammy nominated albums this year in the Musical Thrater category. 

“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,”

“Carousel” cast album:

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