Javon Jackson with Les McCann and Dr. Lonnie Smith

Javon Jackson came into international prominence touring and recording as a member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. In the years since, he has gone on to tour and record with Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller and Stanley Turrentine, and Ben E. King.

As a recording artist, Jackson has appeared on over 135 recordings, toured throughout the world and developed a formidable career as a band leader. His latest recording, Lucky 13, finds Jackson returning to acoustic jazz after a series of popular jazz-funk recordings.

Recently commissioned by the Syracuse International Film Festival, Jackson composed a full length score for the Alfred Hitchcock film The Lodger, a silent film based on the story of the hunt for Jack the Ripper. He debuted the original score at the festival, performing it live at the film’s screening in October 2010.

The Javon Jackson Band will be joined by special guest – and iconic soul jazz pianist, vocalist and composer Les McCann. Known as one of the godfathers of soul jazz, McCann is recognized as a founding force for the genre known as funky jazz, first established in the mid 1960s.

Also joining this explosive collaboration is legendary organist Dr. Lonnie Smith.


Javon Jackson – tenor saxophone
Les McCann – keyboards
Dr. Lonnie Smith – hammond b3 organ
Dan Balmer – guitar
Damian Erskine – bass
Reinhardt Melz – drums

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