D.D. Jackson

I am an Emmy Award-winning composer and Juno Award-winning jazz pianist who specializes in writing, arranging, and producing memorable, custom-made music for t.v., film & other media. I consider myself an "artistic problem solver": I strive to get to the essential conceptual truth of what the client is looking for - and to express it in a creative and supportive way.





with Kahil El’Zabar, Craig Harris, Hamiet Bluiett, Kelvyn Bell:

  • Jazz Foundation of America Annual Loft Jazz Party (Apr/16)

With “Kygo”:

  • The Tonight Show, April/16 (arranged his composition “Stole the Show” and played shaker).

James Carter Organ Trio:

  • 3-city tour of India (Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune), Oct-Nov/14

with Milford Graves:

  • Guelph Jazz Festival, Sept./14 (with Kidd Jordan)
  • Sons D’Hiver Jazz Festival, Paris, France, Feb./2014
  • Vision Festival, NYC, June/13

with Craig Harris and the Saints & the Aint’s Brass Choir:

  • Abyssianian Baptist Church, Harlem, NYC, June/13

Amiri Baraka Blue Ark and Word Music:

  • Milano, Italy and Rome, Italy, Oct 2013
  • Bologna, Italy, June 2013
  • Visionfest, New York, NY, June 2001
  • jazz festival, Brescia, Italy, May 2001
  • jazz festival, Valle di Poschiava, Switzerland, May 2001

Bill Cosby “Cos of Good Music” All-Star Band:

  • Playboy Jazz Festival, Hollywood, CA, June 2010

Bluiett’s Bio-Electric:

  • Vision Festival, NYC, June 2013
  • Sons D’Hiver Jazz Festival, Paris, France, January 2009 (feat. Billy Bang, William Parker, Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan)

James Carter Quartet:

  • Jazz Foundation of America Loft Jazz Party Gala, NYC, Oct./2013
  • New York (Birdland), February, 2008; May, 2008
  • Montreal Jazz Festival (with D.D. Jackson as special guest, taped for Bravo Television and CBC radio’s JazzBeat), July, 2008

James Carter Group:

  • Yoshi’s, Oakland, NY, August, 2007

Dean Bowman’s Vox Populi:

  • Romania – 3 city concert tour, misc. venues, April 2007

Chicago City Limits (historic New York area theatrical improv troupe):

  • Numerous engagements from Sept./03 to Mar./08, serving as Music Director, New York, NY

Ahmed Abdullah’s Ebonic Tones and Diaspora:

  • Sista’s Place, Brooklyn, NY (numerous engagements, 2005 to present)
  • jazz festival, Catania, Sicily, February 2005
  • jazz festival, Helsinki, Finland February 2005

Craig Harris “Tribute to Ken McIntyre”: 

  • Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY, June, 2003

Hamiet Bluiett Group:

  • Sweet Basil, NYC, October, 1997

David Murray Quartet:

  • Banished, PBS documentary, recorded November 2006 in Brooklyn, NY
  • concert performance, Madrid, Spain, October, 2001
  • European tour (Seville, Spain/Strasborg, France), November 1998
  • Japanese tour, August, 1998
  • European tour (Rouen, France; Le Mans, France; Bruges, Belgium; Liege, Belgium), April-May, 1998
  • Japanese tour (multiple venues), May, 1997
  • Village Vanguard, New York, NY, 1995

David Murray Big Band:

  • European tour (Nevers, France; Berlin, Germany; Istanbul, Turkey; Moers, Germany; Verona Italy; misc. venues), May-November, 1998
  • Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA, July 1996
  • frequent Monday night performances at the Knitting Factory, New York, NY, 1995-1998

James Carter Electric Project:

  • Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Boston, MA, June 2001
  • Azore Islands, Portugal, October 2000
  • Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA, September-October 2000
  • jazz festival, Willisau, Austria, September 2000
  • Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI, August 2000
  • Sculler’s, Boston, MA, August 2000
  • Blue Note, New York, NY, June 2000

World Saxophone Quartet:

Iridium, New York, NY, December 2000

David Murray Octet:

  • Octet plays ‘Trane at the Iridium, New York, NY, September-October, 1999
  • European tour (Lisbon, Portugal; Ultrecht, Holland; Brugge, Belgium; Zurich, Switzerland; Munich, Germany; Annecy, France; Basel, Switzerland; misc. performance venues) 1999
  • European Tour (Trento, Italy; Bolgna, Italy; Cremona, Italy; Gronegan, Holland; Antwerp, Belgium; misc. performance venues), April 97
  • Celebrate Brooklyn!, Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn, NY, August 1996
  • Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA, July/August 1996
  • with the Urban Bushwomen, New Victory Theatre, New York, NY, May 1996
  • What Is Jazz? Festival, Knitting Factory, New York, NY, July 1996

Dewey Redman Quartet:

  • Blue Note, New York, NY, November 2001
  • Visiones, New York, NY, March 1993 

Chico Freeman Quartet:

  • Ethical Culture Society, New York, NY, May 2001

David Murray Creole Project:

  • San d’Hiver Festival, Paris, France, February 1998)
  • Andrew Cyrille Quartet:
  • Ethical Culture Center, New York, NY, September, 1998

Sweet Basil, New York, NY, March, 1997

Ka-Tap (group combining Indian music & Katchak dance with American jazz and tap):

  • Symphony Space, NYC (Dec/98)

Craig Harris “Nation of Imagination”: 

  • Jazz Gallery, New York, NY, December 1996
  • Sweet Basil, New York, NY, November 1996
  • City College, NY, November 1996

Craig Harris “The Jhetto Plays the Music of Sun Ra”: 

  • Ethical Culture Center, New York, NY, September 1996
  • Saalfelden Jazz Festival, Saalfelden, Austria, August 1996
  • Moers Jazz Festival, Moers, Germany, May 1996 

Carlos Ward Quartet:

  • Sweet Basil, New York, NY, May 1995

Don Pullen’s African-Brazilian Connection with the Chief Cliff Singers (an Indian singing/drumming group) and the Garth Fagan Dance Company present “Earth Eagle First Circle”:

  • Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York, NY, August, 1995

Jane Bunnett Group:

  • Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago, IL, September 1993
  • Jazz festival, Hildershein, Germany, May 1993
  • Sweet Basil, New York, NY, February 1993
  • European tour (Amsterdam, Dortmund, Leverkusen, Paris, London, Milano and Palma de Mallorca; misc. venues), Fall, 1992
  • Canadian tour featuring Dewey Redman, Summer, 1991

Dave Doran’s JazzRap (combining jazz and rap):

  • Boston and New York  (6 performances, various venues), Fall, 1992

CONJURE conducted by KIP HANRAHAN (featuring David Murray, Billy Bang, J.T. Lewis, and Little Jimmy Scott):

  • 6 city European tour (summer/92)