Javon Jackson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

16 June 1965, Carthage, Missouri, USA. Jackson’s parents listened extensively to jazz on record and by the age of 10 he had decided that he wanted to be a musician. His first choice, the drums, was vetoed by his father so he chose instead the alto saxophone but later, when he had grown more, he switched to tenor saxophone. He played for a while in Denver, Colorado, with pianist Billy Wallace, a former Max Roach sideman, and during this spell he learned much of his basic grounding in jazz performance. In 1987, following two years at Berklee College Of Music, he became a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, joining the band on the same day as Delfeayo Marsalis. The other Messengers at this time were Wallace Roney, Kenny Garrett, Peter Brown and Peter Washington. For a while the responsibility of following in the footsteps of some seriously talented musicians weighed heavily upon him but, as Jackson told Jazz Journal International’s Derek Ansell,...

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