Javon Jackson @ U of L’s Comstock Hall

Thursday, April 4

U of L’s Comstock Hall
$5-$15; 8 p.m.

Tenor sax heavyweight Javon Jackson came up through the ranks, playing with Art Blakey and Elvin Jones, and subsequently has led his own groups, which have featured Jimmy Cobb and Les McCann. He’s released more than a dozen albums as a leader, such as 2012’s Celebrating John Coltrane. “The spirit of John Coltrane influences me quite a bit,” Jackson tells LEO. Jackson will be in residency at U of L, “to share my experiences, to give (students) perspective on life as a professional, touring artist.” Specifically, he will discuss improvisation. “G7 is universal, so it’s not just for the tenor saxophone. We’re discussing how to learn a solo … Music is about flexibility.” Jackson looks forward to presenting his music here with top-notch faculty musicians, “display(ing) where I’m at musically, within the ancestral stream I’m trying to pursue.” —Martin Z. Kasdan Jr. 

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