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]

new Living Jazz Podcast is up...

My new Living Jazz podcast is up on virtual instruments - just click on the link....It's in a way an extension of a similar column I wrote for Downbeat magazine which as I write this is hitting newstands right about now...In the Podcast I discuss the debate between the use of Virtual Instruments in live performance to replace actual live performers (something I attempted recently to do for the premiere of my Trudeau opera in Toronto, with an unexpected result!) I also touch upon Garritan's exquisite Gofriller Cello and Strad Violin virtual instruments, and on my participation in the recent launching in NYC of Bosendorfer piano's new Ceuess "player-piano" technology (though this designation really doesn't do the technology justice!) I round it out with an excerpt from the Trudeau opera premiere - hope you enjoy it!