Ron Jackson is a New York jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, producer, recording artist, and instructor. Ron has performed and recorded in over 20 countries as a bandleader and ensemble performer, and is well established on the international jazz scene. Ron's style of guitar playing and composing is a blend of jazz and other American styles such as soul, rhythm and blues, pop, as well as Caribbean and Latin, having been influenced by his Philippine roots. He brings it all together in his unique approach to playing jazz guitar.
Considered one of the most versatile guitarists in the world, he is adept in styles such as African, Rock, R+B, Brazilian, Pop, Country, Calypso, Reggae, Soul, Funk, and Classical, but his greatest passion has always been jazz. Ron has 5 jazz guitar albums to his credit 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 - co-led with bassist Nicki Parrott on Airmen Records, and The Dream I Had on Roni Music.
Branching out stylistically, Ron has 2 new CD’s on his Roni Music Label. His group Burning Gums’ self-titled album features an international line-up including Norbert Marius on bass (Hungary) and Hiroyuki “Matsu” Matsuura (Japan) on drums and percussion. Flubby Dubby, Ron’s new CD with his Hammond organ group was recorded live and perfectly showcases his soul-jazz originals and arrangements of popular tunes. The album features Kyle Koehler on Hammond and Otis Brown III on drums with special guests Don Braden on tenor saxophone and Bruce Williams on alto. Giving it that special touch, the album was produced by Ron’s mentor, the late soul-jazz and acid jazz pioneer Melvin Sparks. Currently in the works, Ron has a new CD coming out soon called Akoustik Adventures.
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 Thaims 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, Kevin Powell, Ralph Peterson, Russell Malone, Larry Coryell, Jack Wilkins, Don Braden, Craig Handy, Vanessa Rubin, David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness, Renee Manning, Earl Mcintyre, Clark Gayton, Benny Powell, Babatunde Olatunji, The Metro Mass Choir, Benny Golson, Randy Weston, Ron Carter, Valery Ponomarev, Oliver Lake, Leo Wright, Jaki Byard, Mulgrew Miller, Winard Harper, Akua Dixon, Kenny Drew Jr., Olatunji, Gwen Guthrie, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Raul Midon, Jimmy Cobb, Rufus Reid, Larry Coryell, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Bernard Purdie, Dewey Redman, Howard Johnson, Benny Powell, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Gary Bartz, John Hicks, Ron Blake, Akira Tana, Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers, Sitti Navarro the Queen of Philippine Bossa Nova, and Candido to name a few.
Also an experienced jazz educator and guitar instructor, he is currently a faculty member at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens Program, and The Brooklyn Conservatory Professional Division, and has previously been on the faculty of Music Outreach, St. Albans Congregational Church Music Program, Jazz at Lincoln Center-Jazz in the Schools, and The New York Pops Create A Symphony Program. He has taught and lectured at And the Prins Claus Conservatoire, “New Comes to Groningen” jazz program in Groningen, the Netherlands, The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Duke University, The National Summer Guitar Workshop Jazz Summit, The New School, New York University, at Jazzmobile, as well as in clinics in France, Escuela Creativa Musica, Madrid Spain, The United Kingdom, Australia and Portugal.
Ron frequently plays in New York City and has performed at such notable clubs and institutions as The Blue Note, Fat Tuesday, Iridium, Birdland, Dizzy's, 55Bar,The Jazz Gallery, Fat Cat, B.B.Kings, Lincoln Center, Flushing Town Hall, The Apollo Theater, Guggenheim Museum, The Museum Of Modern Art, Symphony Space, The Brooklyn Museum, Harlem Stage, Aaron Davis Hall, The Museum Of Natural History and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Ron’s style of Jazz Guitar has had him appear at major festivals all over the USA like the New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival, The Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, Atlanta Arts Festival, City Stages in Birmingham, Alabama, The North Carolina Jazz Festival, The Newark Jazz Festival, Kingston Jazz Festival, The Rochester International Jazz Festival, The International Art Of Jazz Festival on Long Island, The James Moody Jazz Festival, and The National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. His unique sound has also brought him overseas to the The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, the Hamilton, Kiama and Montsalvat festivals in Australia, the Berlin Jazz Festival, the Grimsby and Edinburgh Festivals in the UK, Old Town Jazz Festival in Warsaw, Poland, the Istanbul Jazz Festival, Jazz Entre Amigos TV Show and San Juan Evangelista Festival in Spain, as well as the Cully and Freibourg Jazz festivals Switzerland. He has also toured and performed in St.Thomas, Belgium, Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Austria, Australia, Canada, Lebanon, Monaco, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Japan.
Ron endorses Tech 21 amps and pedals, Seymour Duncan pickups, Thomastik-Infeld Strings, Heritage Guitars, Fylde Steel String Acoustic Guitars, Reunion Blues Cases and Aria Classical Guitars
Local 802 Musicians Union, The Screen Actors Guild, Grammy voting member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and SESAC.