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This Week at The Vanguard: Javon Jackson

April 14, 2015
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javon-jacksonLucky 13, Javon Jackson’s thirteenth recording as leader, is a combination of five recently composed originals, one cover from the songbook of Stevie Wonder and three selections with the iconic soul jazz pianist, vocalist and composer Les McCann. Jackson and McCann have been touring together for the past five years and quoting Jackson, “Les is a living legend and it is a blessing to have him on tour with the Javon Jackson Band.” Their live experience is captured beautifully from a performance of “Compared to What” in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center in 2008 included on Lucky 13. The trio for this recording are three young lions that as Jackson puts it emphatically, “All three have dynamic careers ahead of them.” This trio consists of Joel Holmes-piano, Corcoran Holt-bass and McClenty Hunter-drums.

This week, Mr. Jackson, a tenor saxophonist whose style has long suggested deep immersion in Joe Henderson and John Coltrane, leads a band with Jeremy Manasia on piano, David Williams on bass and Willie Jones III on drums. Through April 19th at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, (Chinen)

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