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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.