Jackson, Javon, American saxophonist; b. Carthage, Mich., June 16, 1965. A facile and gutsy saxophonist with a muscular sound and a penchant for the stylistic nuances of fellow tenor man Joe Henderson, he is clearly entrenched in the classic hard bop approach of the 1950s and 1960s. Raised in Cleveland and Denver, he spent two years at the Berklee Coll. of Music before joining the last edition of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1987. With his reputation soon established, he promptly became a regular on the N.Y. scene, working with Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, the Harper Brothers, James Williams, Charlie Haden, Benny Green, Mickey Tucker, and Billy Pierce. In recent years, he has recorded as a leader for the Blue Note label.
Me and Mr. Jones (1992); When the Time Is Right (1993); For One Who Knows (1995); A Look Within (1996).