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Duke Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Javon Jackson, saxophone

By: Elizabeth Thompson

This video premiered on Saturday, January 15 at 7:30 pm EST.

On December 3, 2021 the Duke Jazz Ensemble welcomed guest artist Javon Jackson to the stage in Baldwin Auditorium. For its first release of 2022, the Best of Biddle virtual series brings you a video of that performance.

The Duke Jazz Ensemble is directed by John V. Brown. The associate director is Evan Roberson.

View the program of the December 3 concert online at

“Javon adds a modern twist to the music we grew up with. Everybody get ready for a funky good time.” – Branford Marsalis

Tenor Saxophonist Javon Jackson came into international prominence touring and recording with the legendary drummer Art Blakey as a member of his band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Symbolizing a new generation of musicians that blended tradition with neo-jazz, Jackson went on to release 16 recordings as a band leader and tour and record over 135 CDs with jazz greats including Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller, Joanne Brackeen, Stanley Turrentine, and Ben E. King.

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