Live jazz, food and sake

Live jazz, food and sake …
“We Get Together” hosted by Inspiration Bridge
A gala evening with amidst soulful Jazz music led by Grammy nominated producer, composer and pianist Migiwa Miyajima, premium sake by Sake Master, Kinoshita Kazuhiro and sumptuous food by much celebrated city chef Daniel Chavez Bello!!

-Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2017
-Time: 6:30pm Door Open / 7:00pm Start
-Venue: Church of Holy Apostles (296 Ninth Avenue)


Early Bird (till 26 Dec) $63.99- with a complimentary sake cup by Rokkaku Ceramic Studio
General Admission $74.49-
Student $53.49-

JAZZ – Big Band Jazz led by Japanese composer, Migiwa Miyajima, and a multinational group of musicians
FOOD – Appetizers paired with Sake, created by Chef Daniel Chavez Bello, Chef de Cuisine from Bouley Restaurant
SAKE – Four types of premium Japanese Sake selected by Sake Master, Kazuhiro Kinoshita, from the Japan Sake Fest.

Miggy+ Jazz Orchestra
Migiwa Miyajima (Composer, Piano)
Saxophones: Ben Kono, Alejandro Aviles, Sam Dillon, Quinsin Nachoff, Carl Maraghi
Trombones: Jason Jackson, Alan Ferber, James Burton, Jennifer Wharton
Trumpets: Dan Urness, David Smith, Matt Holman, Nadje Noordhuis
Rhythm section: Jared Schonig (drums), Noriko Ueda (bass), Pete McCann (Guitar)

Join us our first fundraising event and make new friends! !
Inspiration Bridge’s mission is to promote cultural diversity and support international patients or patients who travel far from another states to get treatments in NYC. Through our event, “We Get Together”, we will provide an opportunity for people to experience something new and different. There will be the chance to meet people from different regions, experience different cultures, and broaden horizons. At our event in the center of New York, the city of diversity, you can enjoy the entertainment from different cultures and regions.

Dress code: Casual

Our generous sponsors:
-Beethoven PIanos
-Rokkaku Cermic Studio

Inquiry about the event :
Event Director, Naomi Oshiro (

Inspiration Bridge, Inc. is a public charity and an IRS recognized 501c(3) non-profit organization. All profits from ticket sales will be donated to organize supporting group for those patients as well as to support our continued cultural activities.

Back at “The Book Of Mormon” with Raul Agraz

Raul Agraz and Jason Jackson
Raul Agraz and Jason Jackson in the pit Orchestra at “The Book Of Mormon”

it’s great to be back with the Orchestra for “The Book Of Mormon” tonight on Broadway in NYC.  It doesn’t get better than sitting next to the great trumpeter Raul Agraz leading the brass section. 🙂

#bookofmormon, #thebookofmormon, #raulagraz, #broadway, #broadwaymusical, #musical, #pitorchestra, #theater, #livemusic, #music


A Teaser Video for our show “The Sounds Of Sarah Vaughan”

Broadway vocalist Rosena M. Hill (Come Fly Away, The Color Purple) and her husband, Grammy-winning trombonist Jason Jackson (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band), pay tribute to the legendary vocalist Sarah Vaughan.
With jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut, saxophonist Don Braden, bassist David Wong, drummer Neal Smith, and trumpeter Greg Gisbert the couple together known as “JACK&HILL MUSIC” present a unique musical experience of Jazz, Blues, Broadway, Cabaret, Standards, American Songbook, Spirituals, Latin, and original arrangements into their performances, telling the story of Sarah Vaughan through the music she recorded.
Certified jazz royalty, the late, legendary Vaughan (b. 1924 in Newark, NJ) was nicknamed “The Divine One.” Jazz critic Leonard Feather called her “the most important singer to emerge from the bop era.” Ella Fitzgerald called her the world’s “greatest singing talent.”
The Sounds of Sarah Vaughan keeps her musical legacy alive and introduces new generations to Vaughan’s take on clasiic tunes.

Freelancer’s Life

Just got a call to do The Book Of Mormon again tonight. Had to change a few things around but it’s worth it. My chops should be ready to go from last nights gig with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.  Weeeee……freelance baby!!

Monday Night with The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Join The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s weekly gig on Monday at the Village Vanguard. Music of Thad Jones, Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Th Book Of Mormon

I was at Book Of Mormon Last night with Raul Agraz.  This is yet another great band on Broadway in NYC.  Looking forward to doing it again next Friday.

Hat City Kitchen Jazz Jam Session

I had a great time sitting in with Mike Lee, Alvester Garnett, Chris Berger, Oscar Peréz, and Lance Bryant at the Hat City Kitchen.

Chris Berger, Jason Jackson at Hat City Kitchen in Orange, NJ
Chris Berger, Jason Jackson at Hat City Kitchen in Orange, NJ
Alvester Garnett, Jason Jackson, Lance Bryant at Hat City Kitchen
Alvester Garnett, Jason Jackson, Lance Bryant at Hat City Kitchen
Hat City Kitchen Orange, NJ
Hat City Kitchen Orange, NJ

#jazz, #livemusic, #jazzjam, #jamsession, #hatcitykitchen, #orangenj, #trombone, #jasonjacksontrombone

Monday Night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Join The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s weekly gig on Monday at the Village Vanguard. Music of Thad Jones, Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Last night at “Beautiful, The Carole King Musical”

Jason Jackson and Trevor Neumann in the pit at Beautiful, The Carole King Musical
Jason Jackson and Trevor Neumann in the pit at Beautiful, The Carole King Musical

My last night playing with trumpeter Trevor Neumann and the band at this incredible production of “Beautiful The Carole King Musical.”  I had a blast playing with the orchestra.  Thank you Jennifer Wharton for the opportunity.

Beautiful, The Carole King Musical

I am appearing with the orchestra for “Beautiful” on Broadway tonight through Thursday at the Stephen Soundheim Theater in NYC. I get to play some of my favorite hits like “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman.” It’s a great show.

Monday night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Monday night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.  Join our weekly gig at the Village Vanguard.  We will perform the compositions of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others from our library of over 300 tunes!Village Vanguard, 178 7th Avenue South, New York, NY, 10014,  Sets 8:30pm and 10:30pm. Door open 7:30

Where did the New Years Eve gigs go?

I remember a time when I got called for two or three New Year’s Eve gigs.  I would inevitably have to help people find trombone players to make the gigs.

Fast forward to today. I got an email about a New Year’s Eve gig.  It was sent to several players with the thought that it might be hard to find someone quickly.  I replied to the email within seven minutes. I was too late.  I lost a New Year’s eve gig in seven minutes.  On top of that, the gig paid less than a club date!!!  Times have changed.



I wonder …. do most people feel they have a right to benefit from someone else’s intellectual property for free as long as they don’t get caught.  Or do most people know that it’s wrong and take advantage of a system that does not adequately protect a creators intellectual property?  #copyright #pirate #torrent #intilectualproperty

Home Made Italian Pasta Sauce From Garden To Plate

Here I am taking a break from my performance schedule to cook home made Italian sauce and pasta with Grandma and Mom.  See the process from moms garden to the table.  Good cooking is passed down generation to generation.  As a professional jazz musician, I can appreciate the similarity of how Jazz is also passed on from generation to generation.

The video is set to music from my latest release “INSPIRATION.”






#itilianfood #homemade #pasta #inspiration #organicfood

Holiday in by Irving Berlin tonight

Tonight I am performing with the “Holiday Inn” Orchestra on Broadway. The wonderful orchestrations are by Larry Blank. Don’t be fooled by his last name, there are no “blank” pages or bars for that matter in this book. 🙂

This is a delightful show with nonstop dance numbers (band playing!)  If you can catch it before it closes, I would recommend it.