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"Javon adds a modern twist to the music we grew up with. Everybody get
ready for a funky good time."
- Branford Marsalis

Javon Jackson Berklee Quintet - Masters on the Road

Featuring: Tpt - Milena Casado
Alto - Amir Lee
Piano - Thomas Beuf
Drums - Garyfallia Kerkezou
Bass - Youngchae Jeong

Saxophonist Javon Jackson brings us the next event in Berklee's Master on the Road series, in which master musicians return to teach and lead touring ensembles. Jackson's Berklee Sextet is an eclectic group of musicians, featuring some of the best musicians at the college. Jackson has recorded with Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Ron Carter, Freddie Hubbard and many others. Tonight's repertoire was selected specifically for this group.

Jovan Jackson BIO:

Tenor Saxophonist Javon Jackson came into international prominence touring and recording with the legendary drummer Art Blakey as a member of his band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Symbolizing a new generation of musicians that blended tradition with neo-jazz, Jackson went on to release 14 recordings as a band leader and tour and record over 135 CDs with jazz greats including Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller, JoAnne Brackeen, Stanley Turrentine, and Ben E. King.

In 1992 Jackson made his recording debut with Me and Mr. Jones, featuring James Williams, Christian McBride and master drummer and NEA Jazz Master Elvin Jones. Jackson also recorded six projects for Blue Note Records featuring collaborations with Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Kenny Garrett, Jacky Terrason, John Medeski and Vernon Reid. Among his later recordings for Palmetto Records, Javon explored funk based jazz, incorporating the sounds of Fred Wesley, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lenny White, Mark Whitfield and others. Javon's current musical group, The Javon Jackson Band, blends many styles including jazz, funk, R&B and rock.

In 2012, Javon was the recipient of the prestigious Benny Golson Award from Howard University in Washington, DC, for recognition of legendary excellence in jazz.

In addition to his performance schedule, Javon Jackson is a highly sought after jazz educator, conducting clinics and lectures at universities throughout the United States and abroad. He served as Assistant Professor of Jazz at Long Island University (NY)1996-1998, and in the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College (NY) 1999-2007. In 2013, Javon accepted the position of Director of the Jackie McLean Institute at the University of Hartford.

Also, Javon currently serves as a Jazz Panelist for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. He is also a member of JEN (Jazz Education Network) and lends support as JENerations Jazz Festival Artist and Clinician Coordinator. Jackson has a Bachelor in Music from the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and a Master of Music from State University of New York College at Purchase.

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