Javon Jackson

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Javon Jackson and David Gilmore at 2010 Cape May Jazz Festival
By Ken Franckling
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Jeremy Pelt, Russ Davis and Javon Jackson at Smoke in NYC
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Javon Jackson came into international prominence as a member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. As a member of Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Javon toured and made many recordings with the legendary drummer. In addition to Blakey, Jackson has toured and recorded with Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller and Stanley Turrentine.

As a recording artist, Jackson has appeared on over 125 recordings. Additionally, he has developed a formidable career as a leader, recording and touring throughout the world. Javon’s current musical group, The Javon Jackson Band, incorporates many styles including jazz, funk,R&B and rock.

His latest recording, Once Upon a Melody, finds Javon returning to acoustic jazz after a series of popular jazz-funk recordings. In addition to two originals, Javon includes tunes by the legendary Sonny Rollins and Wayne Shorter. In addition, Jackson covers music from the songbook of artist Corinne Bailey Rae. Joining him on Once Upon a Melody are Eric Reed on piano, Corcoran Holt on bass and drummer Billy Drummond.

As an addition to the current tour schedule, the Javon Jackson Band will be joined by special guest Les McCann, the iconic soul jazz pianist, vocalist and composer. Known as one of the godfathers of soul jazz, Les is recognized as a founding force for the genre known as funky jazz established in the mid 1960’s. This collaboration of the young along side the legend is not to be missed. Also look for Javon as a special guest with Cedar Walton.

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Artist’s website

www.javonjackson.com

Albums

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Burnin'

Criss Cross Jazz
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Good People

Blue Note Records
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Pleasant Valley

Blue Note Records
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Easy Does It

Palmetto Records
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Have You Heard

Palmetto Records
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Now

Palmetto Records
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Once Upon a Melody

Palmetto Records
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Kenny Davis

Daken Records
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