In The Beginning
Born and based in Los Angeles and a member of numerous local bands from his early teens, including a band composed of himself and his siblings, Paul Jackson, Jr. very quickly established his skill and sensitivity and was soon called upon to do many R&B and pop sessions, as well as jazz dates. Jackson began his own solo recording career in the late 80s. However, it was not until a decade later that his musical maturity, much imitated distinctive style, and significant musical and technical skills made him a favorite among live audiences and his becoming recognized by many as one of the most recorded guitarists in the world.
Though Jackson never got to meet or work with one of his chief guitar/musical influences, Wes Montgomery, he has forged professional relationships with all the others who touched his formative years, including Gary Bell, Earl Klugh, George Benson, Ray Parker Jr., George Duke, Al McKay , and Lee Ritenour, along with his mentor, Patrice Rushen, Paul has appeared on the recordings of other superstars such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion, Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, Ella Fitzgerald, Natelie Cole, B.B. King, Selina, Jennifer Lopez, Luis Miguel, Jewel, Amy Grant, Bebe & CeCe Winans, Boney James, Kenny Rogers, Al Jarreau, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Joe Sample, Barry White, Chicago, and many others. Also on the underscore of many motion pictures such as Get On Up, Zootopia, and The Color Purple. More recently, Paul contributed his playing styles and composing chops to the Daft Punk CD, which garnered 5 Grammy Awards, was the #1 album in 104 countries and garnered Paul Grammy recognition for his contribution to the Album
Seven previous successful albums, containing several top ten releases include: I Came To Play (Grammy Nominated), Out of The Shadows, and River in The Desert under the Atlantic Label. Never Alone Duets under the Pony Canyon/ Blue Note Labels, Power of the String and Still Small Voice under the Blue Note Label, and Lay it Back, under the Branch Records, Inc. Label. Paul has recently released his new CD, Stories From Stompin Willie, also on the Branch Records, Inc. Label.
In addition to live solo performances Paul has appeared on many television shows and specials: The American Cinema Awards Show, which honored Bob Hope (Music Director). Sitcoms Martin and Townsend Television (Music Director); The Movie, Undercover Brother.( co-composer), and The 2008 Grammy after party (Music Director) featuring many notable artists including Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo and Lionel Ritchie. Paul was a band regular of the highly regarded television shows: Dont Forget The Lyrics NBCs Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and Foxs The American Idol .
Paul has taught at worship conferences in Korea, Italy, Guatemala and Honduras, as well as authored the curriculum for these conferences. He believes his trip with Whitney Houston to South Africa in 1995 was his most spiritual, powerful and soul-energizing project.
STORIES FROM STOMPIN WILLIE
The new project, Stories from StompinWillie is a CD about musical friendships garnered over several years. Specifically Jacksons long time relationship with keyboard legend George Duke, who nicknamed Jackson, Stompin Willie. This project features many of Pauls old friends like Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip, Karen Briggs, Michael Lington, Tom Scott, Ndugu Chancler, Byron Miller, and John Beasley not to forget Jacksons longtime boss Patrice Rushen, and the entire Rickey Minor Band of American Idol and Tonight Show fame. Also helping on the project are new friends like violin sensation Nicole Neely and recoding engineers, Erik Zobler, who worked with George Duke for over two decades and Craig Burbidge, who mixed Jacksons first #1 radio single Its a Shame.
Paul Jackson, Jr. states, I wanted to do a first class tribute to George (Duke). He was my mentor, my coach, and my friend. Featured on the CD is the re-recorded Duke classic Geneva, Hip Pockets and Thats What She Said. Songs that true George Duke fans will know and love.