Saxophonist to bring quartet to Murphy’sWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson can play a soft, touching ballad, lay down a smoldering, soulful groove and pump out a pulsating dance track. When it comes to jazz, he likes to funk it up.
“I hope my music reflects the way we live. Hopefully, we think a little, we laugh a little, sometimes cry a little -— it’s all part of the whole,” Jackson said last week from his New Jersey home. “I try to give a balance to my music and presentation of it.”
The sax man will bring his well-rounded sound to town Nov. 30 at Murphy’s Place, 151 Water St. The Javon Jackson Quartet will play sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $35, with $8 for students.
Jackson will be joined by drummer Jimmy Cobb, pianist George Cables and bass player Rodney Whitaker.
“It’s always great to get some historical perspective on music from someone like Jimmy Cobb, who’s been in the presence of Miles Davis and Sarah Vaughan,” Jackson said. “And it’s great to get a perspective from George Cables who’s worked with Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Stan Getz. Then Rodney comes with experiences — he’s a professor at Michigan State.
“It’s always great to fuse, to get together on the bandstand and off.”
Jackson’s latest disc, “Now,” was released in September. It features a heartfelt version of “I Remember You.”
“That one was for my mom, who I lost last year. She had lung cancer,” he said. “She loved pianists and Broadway standards, so I did that short performance and dedicated it to her.”
The eclectic entertainer also covers “Give It Up or Turnit a Loose,” which was recorded by James Brown.
In addition to writing his own compositions, Jackson enjoys the challenge of covering songs.
“If I cover a Frank Zappa song, being the musician that I am and the genre I’m in, probably not many musicians have done that, if any that I know of really, so it gives me a pretty clean slate to work from,” Jackson said. “I might take a Muddy Waters song, but I can still build my house — I still have the concrete that everyone else has, but I can build my house maybe in a way that I’m not as easily influenced by other renditions.”
For information, visit www.javonjackson.com.