Daniel Jackson is a saxophonist, pianist, composer, and educator who acknowledges and respects music’s ability to move and transform energy.It is with passion and love that he continues to create, perform, and teach the music that enchanted him as a child when Harold Land practiced the tenor saxophone in his living room with his pianist big brother, Fred Jackson.
After establishing a legacy of creative relationships with Lenny McBrowne, Ray Charles (The Ray Charles Orchestra), Wes Montgomery, Willie Bobo, Buddy Rich Big Band, Cannonball and Nat Adderley, Jimmy,Smith, Art Farmer, Charles McPherson, George Bohanon, Marshall Hawkins, Chuck McPherson, Gilbert Castellanos and the San Diego Symphony, Mr. Jackson emerges to the forefront as a unique and much needed voice in music.
Mr.Jackson was born in La Jolla, a suburb of San Diego, and migrated to San Diego proper where he attended public school, graduating in 1955 from San Diego High School. He continues to teach and reside in the home where he first discovered the tenor saxophone.
In 2010, the City of San Diego created a Special Commendation designating the week of January 24 through 30, each year as Daniel Jackson Week in San Diego in honor of his commitment to the jazz art form and educating the music community.
It is the passion and love in which Mr. Jackson performs his original compositions, and his past and present peers’ compositions, that extends his status as a living legend. He will receive the Living Legends Award in Los Angeles in 2013.
Known in Japan as the mysterious Mr. Jackson, he represents the essential fibers in the culture of modern jazz.