Jackson is noted for his skillful arrangements; he won a scholarship to study musical composition at London’s Royal Academy of Music. Jackson is also an author. A Cure for Gravity was first published in 1999 and is a self described “book about music thinly disguised as a memoir”.
Jackson’s latest release is called The Duke, and was released on June 26th. The album is a wild re-imagining of Duke Ellington’s greatest hits. Jackson’s vocals are matched with Iggy Pop’s on It Don’t Mean a Thing, and with Sharon Jones on I Ain’t Got Nothing but the Blues. On today’s episode of World Cafe, Jackson explains some of the rules that he set for himself – the album features absolutely zero horns – and how those rules helped unlock his creative process on this tribute album. Jackson is promoting the new album with a new and large band, called the Bigger Band. He will tour with them starting in the middle of September in the United States, and then will play Europe in mid-October for another busy month.
Artist/SONG NAME/ALBUM NAME
Recent Release: The Duke
Release Date: June 26, 2012