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.




New to me was D.D. Jackson: a Juno Award-winning Canadian jazz composer and pianist who wowed the audience with a spiky improvisation on a Scott Joplin rag, then switched to the Hammond B3 to perform his arrangement of Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain, taking flight on the organ while the Metropolis players tried to keep up.
— Feast of Music
An extraordinary pianist whose technical bravura is matched by a capacious hunger for adventure.
— Gary Giddins, the Village Voice
Jackson’s creation is an impressive montage of controlled chaos, exciting solo work and promise of things to come: a febrile fusion of futuristic jazz, contemporary classical, streetwise funk and Afro-Cuban sensuality.
— Harvey Siders, Jazz Times, Oct./2003 [review of Suite for New York]
D.D. Jackson is, at his best, the most inventive pianist under 50, dashing across the keyboard with preternatural speed yet never losing his classical grace and precision or his left-hand bluesy roots....
— Fred Kaplan, The Absolute Sound
The score is a powerful, identifiably Jacksonesque effort full of energy, rhythm, and flourish...
— Mark Miller, the Globe and Mail [review of the opera Quebecite]
Swinging, immediate and risk-taking, Sigame is everything a great jazz album should be.
— Pulse magazine [review of Sigame]
“They should have called it “Stand Back, Here Comes D.D. Jackson.” This passionate young Canadian pianist sounds like a state-of-the-art player piano exceeding the limits of human performance. “......So Far” is clearly a contender for jazz record of the year. Don’t miss it.”
— Steve Guttenberg, Audio magazine