D.D. Jackson

I am a two-time Emmy Award-winning composer, and Juno Award-winning jazz pianist and educator. As a composer, I specialize 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. [READ MORE] or [BIO]

"Canadian Inspirations"

Recently performed another (now seemingly yearly!) concert at the Barrie Jazz Festival, trying out my "Canadian Inspirations". The concept was simple: particularly in light of the recent passing of Canadian giant Oscar Peterson, I wanted to present something that would reflect the inspiration he and many other great Canadians have brought to my playing. Consequently, I ended up playing a version of his "Hymn to Freedom". I also, though, recently performed some Alanis Morissette tunes as part of a tribute to this more contemporary Canadian inspiration for the CBC and so the program ended up including pieces by her, as well as a solo piano rendition of Neil Young's "Ohio". I ended the program with a tribute to Glenn Gould, via my own take on his famous "Goldberg Variations" by Bach. You can hear 4 pieces from the concert by going here ("D.D. Jackson Radio"). Enjoy!