Bruce Jackson

Jackson has been called to work in many diverse situations, playing Dixieland, contemporary, mainstream, and avant-garde styles. He has had the pleasure of playing with Earle Warren (alto saxophonist with the Count Basie Orchestra and band mate of legendary saxophonist Lester Young), Sonny Fortune, Mino Cinelu, Dick Sudhalter, Calvin Hill, Mike Richmond and many jazz groups in the New York – New Jersey area.
Jackson has been active on the east coast music scene for many years. Keeping the music fresh and swinging while honoring and acknowledging the lineage of past masters is the core focus and inspiration of his craft. Jackson has also garnered the honor of being a guest artist at the American School of Modern Music in Paris, France. As a guest artist, Jackson has given master classes on the history of the drum set and conceptualized half-day workshops for rhythm section players. He has performed in France as a member of the ?Virtual Quartet? with American transplants Peter Giron and Joe Makholm with Boston based saxophonist Jim Repa. Jackson has also performed in Italy with Sarah Morrow and the American All Stars in Paris, a group that features world renowned artists organist Rhoda Scott and saxophonist Ricky Ford.
Bruce Jackson is joined by friends and colleagues bassist Steve LaSpina and pianist Billy Test for an evening of exploration and collaboration across jazz standards and lesser known compositions by jazz composers.
Rooted in the mainstream jazz style, the trio provides a purity, clarity and accessibility to the music. ?I?m really excited for the audience to hear this configuration?, Jackson notes. In addition to being a freelance performer and teacher, Jackson has earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from William Paterson University.
So here I am, continuing to extend the invitation for folks to come out on August 29 and see the trio at Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair. But this “gentle reminder” comes with additional news about the performance that I’m pretty excited about and hope you will feel the same way.
We will be shooting a video of the evening’s performance and recording the audio as well. Documenting the performance is going to be a lot of fun. And a challenge to get the music the way we want it the first time. No fixes, no re-starts. The entire process, from the playing, to the audio and video recording is going to be done in one pass. A true live recording.
And I would love for you to come and be part of this very special evening.
So come out and have a great time as we create this latest chapter in the trio’s development. Hope to see you there.
Bruce Jackson drums
Steve LaSpina (acoustic bass)
Billy Test (piano)
Performance times: sets at 7:00 and 9:00 pm $10 cover charge / $5 minimum