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Chip Jackson


Chip Jackson, bassist, is praised by critics and musicians alike for his "big melodious tone" and "exquisite intonation with a flowing time sense," qualities that make his solos "models of inventiveness."

His career has included writing, leading, and arranging for his own groups; clinical and private teaching; recordings; and international touring. His first solo CD as a leader is entitled Is There a Jackson in the House (Jazz Key Music CD 1999; reissued January 2003). Mr. Jackson appears regularly in jazz concerts (six times in New York's Carnegie Hall), at festivals, and on more than 60 CDs with such great artists as Thad Jones, Red Rodney, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, Horace Silver, Tony Bennett, Freddy Hubbard, and Joe Henderson.

The first recording he was part of (playing with Woody Herman in 1973) won a Grammy Award. During his time with Chuck Mangione (1973–74) the group recorded the gold record Chase the Clouds Away. In 1982 he toured the world with entertainer Liza Minelli. Mr. Jackson's individual style was shaped during his long association in the 1980s with the legendary drummer Elvin Jones. He regularly tours the United States and Europe, and has toured Japan at least 10 times, including in July 2000 with Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, a collection of New York City's finest studio musicians.

With the Billy Taylor Trio, Mr. Jackson was heard weekly for several years on Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center, a program produced by the Kennedy Center and National Public Radio and featuring Dr. Taylor as host with such guest artists as Jon Hendricks, Milt Jackson, Kenny Burrell, Clarke Terry, and Nancy Wilson, among others.

Mr. Jackson is based in New York City, where he often performs at the Time Cafe with the Mingus Big Band. He received his formal training in music from the Berklee School of Music in Boston and teaches each summer in the University of Massachusetts' "Jazz in July" program. Mr. Jackson currently leads his own groups, performs as a sideman for various leading jazz artists, and is a member of The Billy Taylor Trio. He led a program of special instrumental versions of music originally performed in the 1940s by famous artists with whom he and his band mates--Don Rebic, Eddie Locke, and Jerry Dodgion--had once performed, in the KC Jazz Club on January 29, 2005, with special guest Anita O'Day. 

Mr. Jackson also appeared with the Billy Taylor Trio and special guest Jon Faddis for Dr. Taylor's final formal concert appearance on March 31, 2005 in the Terrace Theater and with Joyce DiCammilo in the Jazz Club on March 18, 2006.

Last updated: March 1, 2007
Chip Jackson