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]



D.D. Jackson's Living Jazz Podcast image.

From July/05 through Oct./07 I produced a series of 22 Podcasts. They were originally designed as complementary content for my Artistshare site and as a natural extension of my Living Jazz Downbeat magazine columns I was doing at the time. They also featured interviews, thoughts on what was happening at the time, and more, so I thought it would be fun to include them here:

An in-depth interview with New Music Strategies guru Andrew Dubber about strategies for succeeding in this new Web 2.0 musical world.

A discussion of Virtual Instruments, Garritan's Strad Violin and Gofriller Cello, and Bosendorfer's new Ceuss advanced player piano; an excerpt from my new opera on Pierre Elliott Trudeau and more.

A look at personal productivity books and software, with a particular focus on David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) approach to organization; plus my jazz version of Silent Night, emails and more.

My new son Jarrett's effect on me, the four things one needs to succeed with a music career, plus an original piece of mine sung and arranged by John Scofield vocalist Dean Bowman.

A piece in memory of the events of 9/11, plus thoughts on Myspace and jazz in the instant access age.

A brief tribute to John Hicks, an excerpt from my upcoming opera on Pierre Trudeau, and an audio tour of my newly-released CD "Serenity Song".

An interview with Canadian jazz vocalist Yoon Choi, including an excerpt from her and Dean Bowman's recent performance of my jazz opera "Quebecite". We discuss race and Canadian identity, promotion, booking, and generally trying to make it in New York.

The premiere of the title cut from my upcoming Justin Time CD "Serenity", plus: thoughts from a recent seminar on Internet Music Marketing given by Bret Primack.

A wide-ranging interview with violinist Christian Howes (featured on my upcoming new CD "Serenity") including frank talk about his stint in prison, his experiences as promoter and musician, in coming to New York and in touring the world.

A discussion of the expatriate jazz experience with American jazz vocalist Coco York including our recent travels to Cambodia and more on American Voices plus: details of my new Artistshare website and newly-recorded CD.

Bridging worldwide cultural differences through jazz, including an interview with American Voices founder John Ferguson, and more.

My final of three reports from the Audio Engineering Society conference in New York featuring a discussion of the present and future of virtual instruments with Gary Garritan of Garritan Personal Orchestra, plus reflections on the Governor General Awards in Canada and more on Artistshare.

My second of three reports from the Audio Engineering Society conference in New York, featuring a discussion of virtual instruments with Chief Programming Officer Tom Hopkins of Garritan Personal Orchestra and more.

The first installment of my report on the Audio Engineering Society conference taking place in New York including discussions on the future of the recording industry, surround sound, paid vs. free content and more.

How to help Michael Brecker as he seeks a bone marrow donor, thoughts on New Orleans including a new piece, thoughts on free Podcast content vs. paid content on my upcoming Artistshare site and more.

A discussion of jazz in Canada and the Canada Council's governmental support for the arts, advice on applying for grants, coming to NY vs. staying in one's home country and more with Ottawa-based jazz/classical bassist John Geggie; my thoughts on higher-fidelity disc formats including DVD Audio, emails and more.

Frank talk about agents, arts presenters, and non-profits including an interview with poet/storyteller/musician David Gonzalez.

Advice on trying to make it in NY as a musician, including an interview with up-and-coming jazz pianist Daniel Kelly, more listener emails and more.

I discuss some of the more innovative approaches available to the musician for self-promotion via the web including ideas proposed by Internet guru Bret Primack in his book How to Make It Big in the New Music Biz. Also, more on my upcoming Artistshare site and replies to emails.

The relationship between theatrical and jazz improv featuring an interview with Chicago City Limits star Rob Schiffman.

My replies to some of your emails, more on my background as a jazz musician living in New York, thoughts on Keith Jarrett and more.

My inaugural podcast - welcome! I will introduce myself and talk about my background as jazz pianist/composer and columnist for Down Beat magazine, some general thoughts on jazz and on my upcoming podcasts, and my http://ddjackson.net website and upcoming Artistshare site I'm doing with Justin Time Records.