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Ron Jackson

Ron Jackson

Ron Jackson is a New York based jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, producer, recording artist and instructor. To say Ron Jackso is well traveled would be an understatement.

He has performed and recorded in over 20 countries as a bandleader and ensemble performer, and is well established in the international jazz scene. Ron's style of guitar playing and composition is a blend of jazz and other American styles such as soul, rhythm and blues, pop that is influenced by his roots of the Philippines.

Ron is experienced in many musical idioms and brings it all together in his unique approach to playing jazz guitar.

Ron is considered one of the most versatile jazz guitarists in the New York music scene and is adept in styles such as African, Rock, R+B, Brazilian, Pop, Country, Calypso, Reggae, Soul and Funk, Classical, but his greatest passion is in jazz.

Ron has 5 jazz guitar instrumental CDs as a leader, “A Guitar Thing” and “Thinking of You” on Muse Records, “Song For Luis” - a duo with Rufus Reid on Mastermix Records, “Concrete Jungle” is co-led with bassist Nicki Parrott on Airmen Records and “The Dream I Had” is on Roni Music.

Ron has 2 new CD’s on his Roni Music Label. Burning Gums, titled,”Burning Gums”featuring, Norbert Marius-Bass(Hungary) Hiroyuki “Matsu” Matsuura-Drums and Percussion.(Japan). “Jazz guitar trio, "Burning Gums", showcases high caliber musicianship expertly navigating between various styles of music, from samba to swing. Jazz guitar trio, "Burning Gums", showcases high caliber musicianship expertly navigating between various styles of music, from samba to swing.” and “Flubby Dubby” Produced by late Guitar great and mentor Melvin Sparks, The Acid-Jazz Pioneer! The Originator of Soul Jazz, Old School Acid Jazz and BarbecueFunk(FUNKJAZZ).

Ron’s new CD with his Hammond organ group features Kyle Koehler-Hammond Organ Otis Brown III-Drums With special guests Don Braden-Tenor Saxophone Bruce Williams-Alto Saxophone

Flubby Dubby is recorded live and features Ron’s soul-jazz originals and his arrangements of popular tunes. It is reminiscent of the funky JB horns like saxophonist Maceo Parker and groups like Soul Live. Ron has new CD coming out soon on his Roni Music Label of all acoustic guitar,"Akoustik Adventures".

Ron has recorded and performed with jazz, blues and World music, greats such as, Taj Majal, Little Anthony and The Imperials, James Spaulding, The Boys Choir of Harlem, The Metro Mass Choir, Mor Thaims Drums of Fire, Irene Reid, Hal Singer, TK Blue, Sarah Dash, Gene Anthony Ray, Cecil Brooks III, TAO, Melvin Rhyne, Jimmy McGriff, 5 Guitars Play Mingus, Cissy Houston, Kevin Powell,Ralph Peterson, Russell Malone, Larry Coryell, Jack Wilkins, Don Braden, Craig Handy, David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness,Renee Manning,Earl Mcintyre, Clark Gayton, Benny Powell,Babatunde Olatunji, The Metro Mass Choir, Benny Golson, Randy Weston, Ron Carter,Valery Ponomarev, Oliver Lake, Leo Wright, Jaki Byard, Mulgrew Miller, Winard Harper, Akua Dixon, Kenny Drew Jr., Olatunji, Gwen Guthrie, Dee Dee Bridgewater,Raul Midon Jimmy Cobb, Rufus Reid, Larry Coryell, Jeff “Tain”Watts, Bernard Purdie ,Dewey Redman, Howard Johnson, Benny Powell,Dr. Lonnie Smith, Gary Bartz, John Hicks, Ron Blake, Akira Tana, Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers and Candido to name a few.

Ron studied Jazz Composition and Arranging at Berklee College of Music, at Barry Harris's workshops and has studied privately with such New York jazz guitar greats as Pat Martino,Bruce Johnson, Bucky Pizzerelli, Ted Dunbar, Rodney Jones, James “Blood' Ulmer, and Melvin Sparks.

Ron is an experienced jazz educator and guitar instructor. He is currently a faculty member at the of The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens Program and The Brooklyn Conservatory Professional Division.

 

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