Recommended if You Like
George Benson Lee Ritenaur Wes Montgomery

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Jazz: Smooth Jazz Moods: Mood: Upbeat Jazz: Soul-Jazz

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United States - California

Paul Jackson, Jr.


Foregoing a blossoming movie acting career of on-set appearances with many major actors for blockbuster movies, commercials and as a regular on TV series, and with the blessing of his parents, Paul Jackson Jr. began earnestly playing guitar at the age of 11 and in the recording studios at 15.

Born and based in Los Angeles and a member of numerous local bands from his early-teens, including a band composed of himself and his siblings, he very quickly established a reputation for his skill and sensitivity and was soon called upon to do many R&B and pop sessions, as well as a handful of jazz dates. Demands for session and sideman performances rapidly increased eventually resulting in his earning several awards and the reputation of being the most recorded and requested guitarist in the world. Paul has received “Gold” and “Platinum” albums reflecting sales in excess of 90 million albums containing his “guitarisma”. Paul says “Success as a studio musician comes from knowing that your number one priority is making the artist happy and developing a reputation for giving those who hire you what they want,” he says. “I still practice and love all the late nights and early mornings in the studio, trying to get things just right on my own projects and those of the artists who hire me. It is interesting to note that he also shares his knowledge with other musicians on the spot as well as providing an instructional video entitled “I Came To Play – The Science of Rhythm Guitar.” As Paul has said: “I keep everything balanced with my faith journey, and every so often will turn off the mix of be-bop and oldies I keep in the car and just drive in silence…listening once again for that still small voice. God will speak to you if you allow yourself to turn down the volume.”

Though Jackson never got to meet or work with one of his chief guitar influences, Wes Montgomery, he has forged professional relationships with all the others who touched his formative years, including Gary Bell, Earl Klugh, George Benson, Ray Parker Jr., Al McKay and Lee Ritenour.

A music major at USC, Jackson, who got his first guitar at age nine, started playing seriously at twelve, and decided to be a professional musician at fifteen. He began to regularly seek advice from his neighbor, the noted jazz pianist and pop singer Patrice Rushen, who became a mentor and introduced the young guitarist to many musicians who would later hire him.

Encouraged by his parents and influenced by his guitar superstar mentors: Benson; Klugh; Ray Parker Jr.; and Lee Ritenaur, Jackson began his own solo recording career in the late 80’s. However, it was not until a decade later that his musical maturity, much imitated distinctive style, and significant musical and technical skills make him be a favorite among live audiences.

With six successful albums, Paul has recently released his latest project, Lay It Back an R&B - inspired smooth jazz assortment of classy, edgy, originals, and carefully selected covers: Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing”: Lionel Ritchie’s “Easy”; and Leroy Hutson, et al’s “Can This Be Real?.”

Previous releases include: I Came To Play, Out of The Shadows, and River in The Desert under the Atlantic Label. Never Alone Duets under the Pony Canyon/ Blue Note Labels, Power Of the String and Still Small Voice under the Blue Note Label.

He has also participated on several collaborative releases, including the highly regarded tribute: “Forever, For Always, For Luther” and Paul was the Music Director for The American Cinema Awards Show, which honored Bob Hope. He was also music director for the sitcoms Martin and Townsend Television and for Patti Austin as well as co-composer of the music for the movie, Undercover Brother. More recently, he was selected to be music director of the 2008 Grammy After party featuring many notable artists including Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Jill Scott, Ne-to, and Lionel Ritchie.

Paul can be seen on several successful television shows: “American Idol”; “Don’t Forget The Lyrics” and many specials. He says: “I’ll always enjoy working as a sideman, but these days my solo career is my primary focus and I’m looking forward to getting on the road with my own band,” he adds. “It’s important that I try each time to make a meaningful musical statement about where I am in my life at the time. It’s all about making music that speaks to people, makes them stop what they’re doing and listen, enjoy and feel something positive.”

Paul has taught at worship conferences in Korea, Italy, Guatemala and Honduras, but points to his trip with Houston to South Africa in 1995 as his most spiritual, powerful and soul-energizing project to date.

Paul’s Great-Great Grandfather Sy Houston, a Fiddler of his time must be smiling down on him.

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