D.D. Jackson

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Robert Cleanth Kainien Jackson, 25 January 1967, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. After studying classical piano at Indiana University, Jackson then went to the Manhattan School of Music where he turned to jazz. He also studied with Jaki Byard and Don Pullen. The latter was to remain Jackson’s greatest influence, as he told JazzTimes ’ Willard Jenkins, Pullen ‘freed me up and motivated me to write many compositions and get me going.’ From 1994, he also played with David Murray, appearing in small groups and in a big band. A lyrical and hugely inventive pianist, Jackson appeared onstage on Broadway in the late 90s, playing organist Lord Hades in Mytholojazz, a show for which he was also the musical director and for which he played in a trio with Mark Dresser and Andrew Cyrille. In 1999, Jackson performed with Murray’s John Coltrane tribute package and he also worked on Murray and Bob Weir’s baseball opera, Satchel Paige. Also in 1999, Jackson...

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