1. Why are you a musician?
My parents have a lot to do with it. I always heard music in the house. We ate food with music, we cleaned the house with music…..and the music was largely jazz music.
2. Who are your musical inspirations?
My many musical inspirations are in the hundreds….seriously! My early inspirations include Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins (in that order).
3. What is your practice routine?
Every day…two hours in the morning (at the least).
4. Why did you make this album?
The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni
By Javon Jackson, Nikki Giovanni
The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni was an extreme pleasure! I was honored to collaborate with Nikki. She selected the music in our shared desire to recognize spirituals and the unknown composers.
5. What were the biggest obstacles in making this music?
Recording during the pandemic didn’t allow Nikki to come to the studio during the recording. So, the engineer and myself went to her home city and overdubbed her involvement on the album in a local studio. Nikki sang on “Night Song” and killed it on the first and only take!
6. Who is featured on the album?
- Javon Jackson – Tenor Saxophone
- Jeremy Manasia – Piano
- David Williams – Bass
- McClenty Hunter – Drums
- Nikki Giovanni – Vocalist on “Night Song”
- Christina Greer – poem interpretation on “Wade in the Water”
- Edwin Livingston – Bass
- Christian – Drums
7. Where may we find you online?