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Javon Jackson was born in Carthage, Missouri and raised in Denver, Colorado. Music captivated the young Javon who was exposed to some of the greatest musicians in jazz through his parents' record collection. Gene Ammons and Ahmad Jamal were early favorites. As he matured, Javon soon became captivated by the work of Sonny Stitt. Stitt, known for his prowess on both the alto and tenor saxophone, was considered one of Charlie Parker's most avid disciples early in his career but later developed a distinctive voice of his own. Like so many other horn players today, Stitt's music inspired Javon to pick up his first saxophone, an alto, at a young age. More musical discoveries followed: Rollins, Henderson, Coltrane

Javon Jackson: Finding Uplift in the Guiding Tradition of Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane

Read "Javon Jackson: Finding Uplift in the Guiding Tradition of Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane" reviewed by Christine Passarella

It was a bitterly cold day in January 2013, I had endured a move from Long Beach, Long Island in October 2012 having to leave my beach house for good after the unsettling nature of Super Storm Sandy came down hard on the barrier island. I longed to get back into the city as the new ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jimmy Cobb: We're Remembering U

Read "Jimmy Cobb: We're Remembering U" reviewed by Scott H. Thompson

Drummer Jimmy Cobb was a 91-year old NEA Jazz Master who was (until recently) still playing hard and keeping the groove with his trio consisting of Tadataka Unno on piano and Paolo Benedettini on drums. Remembering U (his 12th album as a leader and first release on his own Jimmy Cobb World label) was released in ...

NEWS: EVENT

Thailand International Jazz Conference (TIJC) 2020 Musters Most World-Class Jazz Artists In 12 Years

Thailand International Jazz Conference (TIJC) 2020 Musters Most World-Class Jazz Artists In 12 Years

The 12th Thailand International Jazz Conference, or TIJC 2020, is just around the corner. This year’s event will be even better than before. Held under the theme of “Jazz for All”, it will feature the largest gathering of world-class jazz artists, from January 31 to February 2, 2020, at the College of Music, Mahidol University’s Salaya ...

Remembering U

Label: Jimmy Cobb World
Released: 2019
Track listing: Eleanor; Pistachio; Man In The Mirror; Remembering U; JC's AC; Composition 101; I Just Can't Stop Loving You; Willow Weep For Me; W.K.; Cedar's Rainbow; I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You); Cobb's Belle.

For You

Label: Solid Jackson
Released: 2018
Track listing: I’m Old Fashioned; My Man Hubbard; Backstage Sally; Mr. Sanders; Sun Up; Simple Pleasure; Lelia; Native Son; Holy Land; 88 Strong.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die

Read "Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Frank Zappa may have said “jazz is not dead, it just smells funny" but looking at his life and music one does not get the impression that he really believed that jazz was decomposing or dying a slow death. On Freak Out, one of the most impressive debut albums of all times, he ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Chillin' or Bernin'

Read "Chillin' or Bernin'" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

We start this installment by looking at two artists confronting the jazz doldrums in the nineteen seventies and early eighties, then move on to two brand new releases by artists dealing with tradition in different ways, whether the small group classics of the fifties and sixties or the big band legacy. Talk about Lloyd Cole, Stephin ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Javon Jackson: For You

Read "For You" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson has roots stretching back to the hard-bop forebearers, having served stints with Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, and other luminaries of the lineage. For You is his twentieth release as a leader, and it finds him paying homage to Hubbard ("My Man Hubbard"), McCoy Tyner ("88 Strong"), Pharoah Sanders ("Mr. Sanders"--though ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Javon Jackson, Jonathan Finlayson & More

Read "Javon Jackson, Jonathan Finlayson & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week's episode begins with the exceptional saxophonist Javon Jackson and music off his latest CD For You. The show revolves around Javon's long jazz journey as we play cuts from legends like Sonny Stitt and Art Blakey. The show goes on to highlight new music from Stefon Harris, Javier Santiago and Freckle Legend.


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