New York-based urban guitarist Ron Jackson blends his soulful jazz sound with elements of R&B, funk and even a touch of the Caribbean mood on Flubby Dubby, his sixth album as leader. Leading his classic organ trio, also featuring organist Kyle Koeler and drummer Otis Brown III, the album was recorded live at Cecil's Jazz Club in West Orange, New Jersey, with alto saxophonist Bruce Williams and tenor luminary Don Braden augmenting the band on The Long And Winding Road" and Love Ballad." Guitarist Melvin Sparks, part of the burgeoning soul-jazz scene of the late '60s and early ...read more
Meet Ron Jackson:Ron Jackson is a New York based guitarist, composer, arranger, producer, recording artist, and instructor.
Ron's style of guitar playing and compositions is a blend of jazz, and other American styles such as soul, rhythm and blues, pop that is influenced by his roots in the Philippines. Ron has five CDs as a leader and has recorded and performed with Taj Majal, Mingus Guitar Orchestra, Benny Golson, Randy Weston, Ron Carter, Oliver Lake, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Cobb, Rufus Reid, Larry Coryell, Jeff Tain" Watts, Bernard Purdie, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dewey Redman, Gary Bartz, John ...read more
From Heritage Guitar Award to Broadway pit player, Ron Jackson is always an appreciated guitarist and sideman, but he's been consistently under-recognized for his own compositions and continued commitment to the endeavors and education of jazz.
Jackson has performed and recorded in over thirty countries as a bandleader and ensemble performer. He currently has five CDs as a leader or co-leader: A Guitar Thing and Thinking of You (Muse Records); Concrete Jungle , an album co-led by bassist Nicki Parrot (Airmen Records); Song for Luis, a duo with Rufus Reid on Mastermix Records; and his current CD, entitled The Dream ...read more
As Broadway pit-player, bandleader, international performer, studio musician, and song composer, guitarist Ron Jackson has proven himself comfortable in a wide variety of contexts. Jackson takes full advantage of this diverse musical experience on his third release, The Dream I Had, a well-balanced, well-executed album of original compositions and covers. His trio with bassist Joris Teepe and drummer Joris Dudli maintains a cohesive, swinging feel throughout. Teepe’s bass lines and staunch rhythmic support stand out on many of the numbers as particularly compelling. Though the heart of Ron Jackson’s album is the rhythmic solidity ...read more
Taking on a play list of mostly their individual originals, guitarist Ron Jackson and bassist Nicki Parrott joined other seasoned jazz professionals to put together an album designed for long lasting listening. A bass and guitar duo might be dubbed the Odd Couple". But the combination works because these two obviously want it to. Jackson's guitar is pitched high and he avoids for the most part smeary chordal attacks allowing Parrott's low pitched instrument to be heard. The Australian based bassist gets a tremendous amount of melody out of that sometimes unwieldy instrument. She's not here just to pluck in ...read more
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