Upcoming and recent performances, a former student competing on "The Voice", and more!
Newsletter [9/21/2016] 
Emmy Award-Winning Composer 

I hope everyone is enjoying the start of Fall! I just wanted to update you on some upcoming/recent performances, and some other news (including a  former student competing this season on The Voice!) As always, I should add to please keep me in mind for any of your producing, composing, arranging and performing needs, as I'm always on the lookout for new projects and potential collaborations! Also be sure to visit http://ddjackson.com for updated info on all my activities, including my new Composer-to-Composer Podcast!

I'm excited to be participating as arranger, composer, and pianist/organist with The Metropolis Ensemble for their 10th Anniversary Concert at the Angel Orensanz Center in Manhattan on Tues. Sept. 27th, 8-11 pm. I've been collaborating with their Artistic Director and conductor Andrew Cyr for a while, including their performance of my live orchestral arrangements with The Roots a couple of years ago at Radio City Music Hall. For this concert, I'll be performing my specially-adapted arrangement of Funkadelic's "Maggot Brain" re-scored especially for this ensemble (originally written for The Roots), featuring myself soloing throughout on Hammond B3, plus Matt Evan Taylor on sax, along with the entire Metropolis Ensemble. I'll also be playing a bit of Scott Joplin on piano, elsewhere in the program. As for the event itself, their Facebook page I think describes it best:

"Drawing inspiration from Cage's "Everything at once and all together", revelers will be immersed in innovative sound/lighting/visuals... and performance art. Wine will flow...36 musicians will be performing works by 23 composers, in all variety of combinations, ranging from itinerant soprano (Ariadne Greif), remixed bass-clarinet (Vasko Dukovski), Hammond B organ (D.D. Jackson) to full orchestra. Finally, an audience-interactive anniversary song will be composed and remixed live by DU YUN. After the performances, stay on for a special set by multi-faceted singer-songwriter and Metropolis collaborator, Emily Wells."
It should be a great evening! For more and tickets ($20), go here.


Excited to head back to my home country to perform this Fri./Sat. Sept. 23 & 24 with some great Canadian musicians - Jim Brenan on sax; Rubim de Toledo on bass; and Jon McCaslin - on drums, as we delve into the music of John Coltrane at Edmonton's Yardbird Suite (where I first performed in the early 90's with Jane Bunnett and Dewey Redman on my first-ever Canadian tour!) Should make for an intense couple of evenings of music-making! While there, I will also be conducting a composition-focused masterclass at MacEwan University on Fri. from 12:30-2 pm.  For more info on the Yardbird event and for tickets, go here.

other recent performances...

(l-r): Oliver Lake, Kidd Jordan, myself, Hamiet Bluiett

Just came back from a week of performances in Columbus, OH put together by trombonist/poet Michael VanderDoes in honor of his wife Kate Shulte, featuring Oliver Lake and Hamiet Bluiett, Kidd and Marlon Jordan, plus an exciting group of talented Columbus musicians. In addition to our final performance at the Hot Times Jazz Fest, a highlight for me was definitely our spontaneous jam session with the uplifting dancers and artists of Transit Arts, a great youth organization based in Columbus.

 (l-r): myself; Robert Sabin (bs); Vince Ector (dms)

I also just performed this past weekend at the beautiful setting of the ground-floor performance space belonging to WNYC radio, in a special private concert dedicated to my friend, Aaron Cohen, his bride Jennifer Barnette, and their invited guests. Rather than a conventional wedding celebration, Aaron - being the producer he is - centered the entire evening around music, causing me to dust off several "oldie-but-goodies" from my pasTheVoiceGoodt (click to hear excerpt!)

FORMER STUDENTS: on this Fall's "THE VOICE" and featured in The Huffington Post!

A student from my former Harlem School of the Arts Composition class (and frequent guest of our Jazz Combo), W McDonald, is now a rising star on this t.v. season's "The Voice" (!) Watch her blind video audition, above!

Another former student from the same Composition class (and my former private piano student, now completing his first year at Brown) - Warner Meadows - was recently featured in The Huffington Post as a budding rap artist (I helped him master his CD). Watch here:

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