As a recording artist, Javon Jackson has appeared on over 135 recordings and developed a formidable career as a leader who records and tours throughout the world. His current musical group, The Javon Jackson Band, incorporates many styles including jazz, funk, R&B and rock. Jackson came into international prominence as a member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, which gave him the chance to tour and make many recordings with the legendary drummer. In addition to Blakey, Jackson has toured and recorded 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.

In addition to his performance schedule, Javon Jackson is a highly sought-after jazz educator, conducting clinics and lectures at universities throughout the United States and abroad. He served as Assistant Professor of Jazz at Long Island University (NY) and in the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College (NY). In 2013, Jackson accepted the position of Director of the Jackie McLean Institute at the University of Hartford. Also, Jackson currently serves as a Jazz Panelist for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. He is a member of JEN (Jazz Education Network) and lends support as JENerations JAzz Festival Artist and Clinician Coordinator. Jackson has a Bachelor in Music from the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and a Master of Music Education from the State University of New York College at Purchase. To learn more about Javon Jackson, visit