Ron Jackson is a New York based jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, producer, recording artist, and instructor. To say Ron Jackson 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 compositions 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 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 CD’s 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's new CD called “Flubby Dubby” on Roni Music his Hammond Organ group. This is recorded live and features his soul-jazz originals.This group is reminiscent of the funky James Brown groups featuring saxophonist Maceo Parker.

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 Thaim’s 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, Ralph Peterson, Russell Malone, Larry Coryell, Jack Wilkins, Don Braden, Craig Handy, David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness, The Metro Mass Choir, Benny Golson, Randy Weston, Ron Carter, Oliver Lake, Leo Wright, Jaki Byard, Mulgrew Miller, Winard Harper, Kenny Drew Jr., Olatunji, Gwen Guthrie, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Cobb, Rufus Reid, Larry Coryell, Jeff “Tain”Watts, Bernard Purdie ,Dewey Redman, Howard Johnson, Benny Powell, T.K.Blue,Dr. Lonnie Smith, Gary Bartz, John Hicks, Ron Blake, Akira Tana and Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers to name a few.

Ron attended Berklee College of Music and has also studied with such jazz guitar greats as Pat Martino,Bruce Johnson, Bucky Pizzerelli, Ted Dunbar, Rodney Jones, James “Blood' Ulmer, and Melvin Sparks.

Ron is an experienced music educator and guitar instructor and is a faculty member at the of The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Wachovia Jazz For Teens Program, Music Outreach, The Brooklyn Conservatory, St. Albans Congregational Church Music Program and The New York Pops Create A Symphony Program. He has taught and lectured at And the Prins Claus Conservatoire, “New Comes to Groningen” program in Groningen in The Netherlands Duke University, The National Summer Guitar Workshop Jazz Summit, The New School, New York University, at Jazzmobile, as well as in clinics in France, Escuela Creativa Musica, Madrid Spain, The United Kingdom, Australia and Portugal. Ron is also available as a private instructor.

Ron is also very active on the Broadway and studio scene in New York, having performed in the pit orchestras of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows as “Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk”, “The Life,” “Rent,”Will Rodgers Follies” “Saturday Night Fever”,”Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris”, “Kat and the Kings”, “Fosse”,” Harlem Song”, “Imaginary Friends”, and “Avenue Q” to name a few.

Ron has also written, filmed and recorded music for pop artists such as, Turkish vocalist Sinem Sinaye, vocalist Gisele Jackson, rock group Umbrella and Japanese vocalist Seako Haguchi and jazz artists Rufus Reid and Hal Singer. His has also contributed his talents to the recordings of scores of such films as “Fly By Night” and “Vulgar.”

Ron's has appeared frequently in New York City and has performed at such notable clubs and institutions as The Blue Note, Fat Tuesday, Iridium, Birdland, and B.B.Kings, Lincoln Center, Flushing Town Hall,The Apollo Theater, Guggenheim Museum, The Museum Of Modern Art,Symphony Space,The Brooklyn Museum and The Museum Of Natural History.

He has also appeared at the New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival, The Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, Atlanta Arts Festival; City Stages, Birmingham, AL, The North Carolina Jazz Festival; The Newark Jazz Festival, NJ; Kingston Jazz Festival, The International Art Of Jazz Festival, Long Island, The National Black Arts Festival: Atlanta, The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, the Hamilton, Kiama and Montsalvat festivals in Australia, the Berlin Jazz Festival, and the Grimsby and Edinburgh Festivals in the UK, Old Town Jazz Festival Warsaw, Poland, Istanbul Jazz Festival, Turkey, Jazz Entre Amigos TV Show and San Juan Evanglista Festival in Spain, The Cully and Fribourg Jazz festivals Switzerland. He has also toured and performed in Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Austria, Australia, Canada, and Japan.

Ron endorses Seymour Duncan pickups, Thomastik-Infeld Strings, Heritage Guitars and Aria Guitars and is a member of the Local 802 Musicians Union, The Screen Actors Guild and a Grammy voting member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences(NARAS).

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One For Melvin

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