Eldredge Jackson Biography

Bio

“Working with Wayman Tisdale was a comfortable and exciting creative experience, one I will never forget.”

Jazz Sensation…Eldredge Jackson

New Orleans born saxophonist Eldredge Jackson simmers like a pot of hot, spicy gumbo when performing on stage. This multitalented musician is bringing new flavor to the music scene with his blend of traditional and smooth jazz peppered with a dash of gospel.

Although a native of New Orleans, Jackson’s musical talent was infused with gospel and R&B while growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and performing at his father’s church. The encouragement he received from this large congregation helped him hone his skills as a musician and composer while performing on keyboards, piano, drums, bass, guitar and, of course, the saxophone. Jackson’s influences also stemmed from the soulful jazz style of legends he’s admired such as: David Sanborn, Grover Washington, Jr. and Dexter Gordon.

Named El-Jack by his fans, Jackson has opened for or shared festival stages with a talented cross-section of urban jazz and R&B greats: Wayman Tisdale, Najee, Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Osborne, Angela Winbush, Stanley Jordan, Dru Hill, Shirley Murdock, SOS Band, Con-Funk-Shun, Tom Braxton and fellow Tulsans Charlie Wilson and The GAP Band. Recently he performed on the national Soul Food Festival Tour, bringing his trademark sound and sultry spontaneity to audiences as the sole instrumentalist on a bill with R&B legends Peabo Bryson and The Whispers. The tour made stops in Jacksonville, Kansas City, Baton Rouge and Nashville.

Jackson enjoys sharing his unique style with jazz fans throughout the country. Recently he gigged at the Long Beach Jazz Festival, the Red Cat Jazz Café in Houston, the Brooklyn Jazz Café in Dallas, Humphreys in San Diego and Blues Alley in D.C. In Oklahoma, Jackson is well known for his regular gigs at Tulsa hotspots, and his Winelight Jazz shows along with headlining at casinos such as River Spirit, Hard Rock, Osage Million Dollar Elm and RiverWind. He’s also a huge draw at Mayfest, Tulsa’s largest outdoor festival. The heavy gigging saxophonist has exhilarated audiences at nearly every jazz event in Oklahoma including The Charlie Christian Jazz Festival and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Jazz Fest.

One of the highlights of his career was collaborating with the late great Wayman Tisdale on his debut album. The duo had been friends since middle school and watched each other develop musically over the years. One summer when Tisdale was between seasons in the NBA, he sat in with Jackson’s band at the local Greenwood Jazz Festival, and by 2008 their friendship had come full circle with the release of Listening Pleasure.

Unfortunately the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of famer Wayman Tisdale passed away shortly after the official release of the album. But his protégé continues to keep his spirit alive by paying tribute to his jazz contributions and their friendship during every live performance.

The making of Listening Pleasure…

“Wayman was not my first choice to work with, he was my only choice. His immense talent and experience in the industry coupled with our mutual respect for one another made him the best fit for my project.” – Eldredge Jackson

The saxman’s highly acclaimed project has people in the industry talking…

“Rarely has a recording ever been so appropriately titled, as that of Master saxophonist Eldredge Jackson. I was totally absorbed and mesmerized by his phenomenal, soulful artistry exhibited on every track. “Listening Pleasure” is not only appropriately named – it is also a masterpiece!” – Gary Hines, Music Director/Producer of the Grammy Award-Winning Sounds of Blackness

The core of Listening Pleasure was the full-on collaboration between Jackson and the late superstar bassist, Wayman Tisdale who produced 10 tracks on the CD. The duo co-produced the album and laid many of the tracks at the late bassist’s home studio The Bassmint. Tisdale penned the first single I Like That—and it always brings that response after the first few notes.

Listening Pleasure marked Jackson’s emergence onto the national scene. Among the collection’s 13 powerhouse tracks are soulful, passionate covers of two iconic R&B songs, Lionel Richie’s “Hello” and Michael Jackson’s Rock With You, produced by Brian Jones and famed R&B/urban jazz producer Preston Glass whose superstar resume includes Aretha Franklin, Kenny G, Kirk Whalum, George Benson and Earth, Wind & Fire.

While the ten tracks on Listening Pleasure may be new to listening audiences nationwide, three of them are longtime, highly requested set pieces of his live show. Jackson charms the ladies every time with an extended improvisational version of the wistful and sensual ballad, Git Wit It (a co-write with Tisdale) and the sensuous, strings-enhanced Love You Eternally.

The saxophonist calls the easy-grooving, retro-soul flavored Island Nights, his “super romantic, walking in the sand along the shore” tune, while the high energy title track lives up to its rapturous promise with an explosion of sax textures and irresistible thumping dance grooves.

“Wayman gave me raw tracks and asked me to live with them and see what kind of melody or hook I could come up with, or I would bring a few tracks in and he would flesh them out. Then we’d fine tune the songs and start recording.” – Eldredge Jackson

The reflective My Life, written by Jackson, prominently features Tisdale on bass and piccolo bass, and is a musical autobiography. At 4-years-old, Jackson saw Vernard Johnson, “The King of Gospel Saxophone,” perform in New Orleans. He pointed to the stage and told his mother, “I want to be like that guy someday.” The upbeat gospel jam Sunday Morning @ 10am, is a shout out to his early jazz roots and the moment he knew his destiny.

“It’s been a lifelong dream to share my music with others. The magic of making music is all about reaching out and having an impact on people’s lives, and the more people I’m able to reach, the more fun it is.” – Eldredge Jackson

The Tisdale-composed, laid-back funk ballad El Jack, was inspired by Jackson’s nickname. He also brings edgy, rock electricity and searing emotional quality to Voyage To Atlantis, with the smooth Isley Brothers cover and Jackson’s signature sound.

“Wayman brought out the best in me, he told me to find my signature sound, something that would identify me within the first few notes of a song.” – Eldredge Jackson

Accolades…

2005 Legacy Tribute Award recipient, given by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

Two-time nominee for Artist of the Year and Best Jazz Act in the Tulsa World’s Spot Magazine Awards ____________________________________

To book Eldredge Jackson or to schedule an interview contact Eldredge Jackson Productions Entertainment Group Office: (918) 637-JAZZ (5299) Email: eldredge@eldredgejackson.com