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D.D. Jackson Trio



Biography

Canadian-born, New York-based pianist/composer D.D. Jackson recently re-signed with Canadian label Justin Time after two critically acclaimed albums. His CD, Sigame, is an acoustic trio set and features Jacky Terrasson bassist Ugonna Okegwo and young Cuban drummer wunderkind Dafnis Prieto, with special appearances by Freddie Byrant on acoustic guitar and Christian Howes on acoustic violin. Jackson also recently released a new album for Justin Time featuring World Saxophone Quartet founder Hamiet Bluiett on baritone sax entitled The Calling. The disc, which All About Jazz called "a total and complete success", runs the gamut from jazz's African origins, to gutbucket blues, through world music and beyond.

Jackson is a commissioned composer. He collaborated with storyteller David Gonzalez on the Broadway show "Mytholojazz" " (the New York Times praised him for his "sophisticated and propulsive jazz" and deemed him "one hell of a jazz pianist") before bringing the show on the road to performance venues throughout the U.S. and Canada. On July 1st, 2000, Jackson premiered his New York Suite, a major 80-minute large-scale work for jazz/classical ensemble, at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell.

Jackson also recently began re-exploring his classical roots, with a concert at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival devoted to 20th century classical piano duo repertoire, including an original work involving elements of both notation and improvisation he premiered for the occasion.

As a sideman, Jackson has performed and recorded with some of the most important names in cutting edge jazz. He has toured Europe, Japan, the United States and elsewhere as a regular member of the David Murray Big Band, Octet, Quartet, and the David Murray/D.D. Jackson Duo, and has appeared on three David Murray albums: Creole, involving musicians from Guadeloupe released recently on Justin Time Records, The Long Goodbye, a tribute album dedicated to Jackson's former teacher and mentor, the late pianist/composer Don Pullen, and the David Murray Octet Plays 'Trane.. Jackson also participated in a historic concert led by Murray and flutist James Newton at Paris' Cite de la Musique, dedicated to the music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. The concert paired a big band comprised of such artists as trombonists Ray Anderson and Craig Harris, drummer Andrew Cyrille, bassist Art Davis, violinist Regina Carter, the entire World Sax Quartet, and Bobby Bradford on trumpet with a 41-member string ensemble. For the past several years, Jackson has also participated in the development of a Broadway-bound stage musical involving Murray, blues great Taj Mahal, Grateful Dead member Bob Weir, and director Avery Brooks on the life of Negro baseball league pitcher Satchel Paige.

Jackson has also traveled to Senegal, West Africa, where he participated in Mor Thiam's debut CD for Justin Time Records Back to Africa featuring some of the greatest names in Senegalese pop music and drumming, including the legendary Dou Dou N'Diayerose and producer Cheikh Tidiane Tall. Jackson was also personally asked to take the place of Don Pullen in his last and perhaps greatest project: a collaboration between Pullen's African-Brazilian Connection, the Chief Cliff Singers (a Native American singing and drumming group), and the Garth Fagan Dance Company. This unique work made its debut at New York's Lincoln Center before going on tour.

D.D. Jackson is a Bosendorfer Piano Artist.
D.D. Jackson Trio

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