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.

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as BANDLEADER/FEATURED PERFORMER:

 

with “The Roots”:

  • John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, Madison Square Garden, Dec 2015 (also broadcast on AMC)
  • Dave Chappelle and the Roots at Radio City Music Call (orchestral arranger, performer) June 2014
  • “And Then You Shoot Your Cousin” album launch (arranger, performer), Public Theater, NYC May 2014

with Milford Graves:

  • Guelph Jazz Festival (with Kidd Jordan), Guelph, Ont. Sept 2014
  • Sons d’Hiver Festival, Paris, France Feb 2014
  • Vision Festival, New York, NY June 2013
  • Vision Festival, New York, NY, June 2009

with drummer Questlove of “The Roots”:

  • “Shuffle Culture”: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, April, 2012 (piano performances and string arrangements)
  • “Paris-Philly Lockdown”: Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA, April, 2011 (piano performances and string quartet arrangements)

Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival at the Apollo Theater (NYC):

  • Special guest with my then 11-year old prodigy student Matthew Whitaker, May 2012

The Group (collective group with: Ahmed Abdullah - tpt; Andrew Cyrille - drums; Bob Stewart - tuba; Billy Bang - vln; Bluiett - bari sax/flute; myself - piano):

  • Vision Festival, New York City, June 2011

D.D. Jackson Trio:

  • D.D. Jackson Trio in Capri, Italy, August 2012.
  • D.D. Jackson Trio, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, July 2007
  • Medger Evers Jazz Festival, Brooklyn, NY, July 2007
  • Jazz festival, South Africa, February 2007
  • Performance at Governor General Awards (CBC television/National Arts Centre, Ottawa) in honor of Oliver Jones, Ottawa, Canada,  November 2005
  • Jazz Gallery, New York, NY, November 2005
  • Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn, NY (with Giacomo Gates), October 2004 Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA (with guests James Spaulding and Billy Bang), July, 2003
  • Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Montreal, Canada, June 2003
  • Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., January, 2003
  • Jazz Gallery, New York, NY, January 2003
  • Centre Pierre Peladeau, Montreal, December 2002
  • Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA, November, 2002
  • Detroit Jazz Festival, September 2002
  • Atlantic Jazzfest, Halifax, Canada, July 2002
  • Vancouver, B.C. Jazz Festival, June 2002
  • Victoria, B.C. Jazz Festival, June 2002
  • Atlanta Jazz Festival May 2002
  • Flynn Center, Burlington, VT, April, 2002
  • Jazz festival, Utrecht, Holland, March 2002
  • Birdland, New York, NY, November 2001
  • Jazz Gallery, New York, NY, June 2001
  • Hong Kong Jazz Club, Hong Kong, May 2001
  • Vancouver Jazz Festival, June, 1998
  • Texaco New York Jazz Festival, New York, NY, June 1998
  • jazz festival, Bordeaux, France, February 1998
  • San D’Hiver Festival, Paris, France, February 1998
  • Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival, Detroit, MI, August 1997
  • Montreal Jazz Festival, July 1997
  • jazz festival, Rouen, France, January 1997
  • jazz venue, Maubeuge, France, January 1997
  • Canadian tour (Edmonton, London, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary,
  • Saskatoon, Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa), June 1996
  • Sal de Gesu, Montreal, Canada, February 1996
  • Sal de Gesu, Montreal, Canada, September 1994
  • Birdland, New York, NY, August 1992
  • National Library, Ottawa, Canada, July 1992

D.D. Jackson solo piano:

  • Barrie Jazz Festival, Barrie, Canada, June 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009,   2008, 2007, 2004
  • with dance company Momenta, Chicago, IL March 2007
  • CBC Radio’s “Fuse”, Ottawa, Canada, December 2006
  • jazz festival, Taipei, Taiwan, March 2005
  • performance venues, Wakayama and Kobe, Japan, December 2004
  • Jarasum Jazz Festival, South Korea, September 2004
  • Toronto Jazz Festival, June 2004
  • 7-city tour of Japan, April 2004
  • 8-city tour of Japan, February-March 2003
  • Symphony Space, New York, NY, February 2003
  • JVC Toronto Jazz Festival (double bill with Brad Mehldau), June 2001
  • Hong Kong Jazz Club, Hong Kong, May 2001
  • Jazz festival, Prague, Czech Republic, November 2000
  • Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago, IL, August 2000
  • Jazz festival, Berlin, Germany, June 2000
  • Jazz festival, Tel Aviv, Israel, February 2000
  • Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA, February 2000
  • Jazz Gallery, New York, NY, November, 1999, August 1997
  • Jazz venue, Pont-a-Mousson, France, February 1998
  • Jazz venue, Besancon, France, February 1998
  • Jazz venue, Zurich, Switzerland, February 1998
  • Toronto Harbourfront Festival, Toronto, Canada, June 1997
  • Aeolian Hall, London, Canada, June 1997
  • Guelph Jazz Festival, September 1996
  • Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Ottawa, Canada, July 1995
  • Montreal International Jazz Festival, July, 1995

Amiri Baraka 75th Birthday Tribute:

  • Schomburg Arts Center (Harlem), October 2009

D.D. Jackson Octet (with James Spaulding, alto sax, piano trio & the Unity String Quartet):    

  • Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, September 2004
  • Blue Note, New York, NY, July 2003

D.D. Jackson & (vocalist) Dean Bowman Duo:

  • Guelph, Canada (series of performances/-educational workshops), February 2009

D.D. Jackson & (vocalist) Coco York Duo:

  • U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh, for the organization American Voices, Cambodia, February 2006

D.D Jackson performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Orchestra:

  • Kobe City, Japan, December 2004
  • ProMusica Orchestra, Columbus, OH and Marietta, OH (performances and recording), November 2001

D.D. Jackson, Bluiett, Kahil El’Zabar Trio: 

  • Kuumba Jazz House, Santa Cruz, CA, August 2002
  • Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, August 2002
  • Eddie Moore fest, Oakland, CA August 2002
  • Hot House, Chicago, IL, August 2002
  • Chicago African Arts Fest, September 2001

D.D. Jackson Group (with Christian Howes, violin):

  • 7-city Japanese tour, Sepember 2000
  • Sculler’s, Boston, MA, August 2000
  • Newport Jazz Festival, August 2000
  • Ottawa Jazz Festival, Ottawa, Canada, July 2000
  • JVC-Saratoga Festival, NY, June 2000
  • Toronto Jazz Festival, Toronto, Canada, June 2000
  • Iridium, New York, NY, April 2000
  • Knitting Factory, New York, NY, October 1998
  • Birdland, New York, NY, May 1998

Organ Nation (D.D. Jackson – Hammond B3 organ, Walter Szylmaski – tpt, Alex Harding – bari sax, Brandon Lewis – drums):

  • Fat Cats, New York City, May 2010, August 2009
  • Sista’s Place, Brooklyn, NY, May 2010
  • SGI-USA New York Cultural Center, February 2010
  • Knitting Factory, New York City, December 2008
  • Gibson Baldwin Jazz Festival, New York City, August 2008
  • Cornelia St. Café, New York City, February 2008

(Hamiet) Bluiett/(D.D.) Jackson/Mor Thiam Trio:

  • Montreal Jazz Festival, October 2000
  • concert venue, Skopje, Macedonia, October 2000
  • jazz festival, Willisau, Switzerland, August, 1998
  • Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, New York, NY, August 1998
  • Montreal Jazz Festival, July 1998
  • Toronto Jazz Festival, June 1998
  • Performance venue, Bordeaux, France, May 1998
  • Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN, April 1998

D.D. Jackson & Hamiet Bluiett Duo:

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center “Jazz on the Hudson” series, New York, NY
  • Ottawa Jazz Festival, July 1998

D.D. Jackson & Chris Potter Duo:

  • Jazz Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel, February 2000

D.D. Jackson & David Murray Duo:

  • Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, recorded for CBC radio’s “Onstage”, Toronto, Canada, February 2008
  • jazz festival, Rostock, Germany, 1996

D.D. Jackson & James Carter Duo:

  • Sal Gesu, Montreal,  Canada, January 1998
  • Minetta Lane Theater, New York, NY, November 1997
  • D.D. Jackson & Michelle Rosewoman Duo:
  • Jazz Gallery, New York, NY, August 1997

D.D. Jackson & (poet) Tracie Morris Duo:

  • VisionFest, New York, NY June, 1997