Pianist, arranger and composer Adaron Jackson has performed as a sideman as well as with his own ensembles throughout the U.S. and Europe. “Pops” as he is known locally as well as nationally has performed and worked with such diverse artists as Willie Akins, Ron Carter, Conrad Herwig, John Riley, Harry Allen, Frank Morgan, Victor Mendoza, Steve Houghton, Clay Jenkins, Tom Kennedy, Kim Richmond, LaVerne Butler, Red Holloway, Wallace Roney, and Dave Scott. Adaron is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Having started the piano at the age of 9, Adaron has dedicated his life to music. Adaron attended East St. Louis Lincoln Sr. High School where he was a part its legendary jazz band. While in High School, Adaron had the opportunity to perform consistently throughout the U.S., as well as with Ellis Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Greg Tardy, and Slide Hampton to name a few.
Adaron has also toured throughout the U. S. with Grammy award winning Motown legend, The Temptations and with I Get A Kick Out Of Cole a Live Onstage Production. Adaron has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the St. Louis Blues and Heritage Festival, the Smoky Hill River Festival, and the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival.
Whether the style of music is Jazz, Funk, Gospel, R&B or mainstream Pop, Adaron always brings a solid groove element to the music. Drawing on the influence of such legendary pianists as Red Garland, Herbie Hancock, and Oscar Peterson, Adaron Jackson’s focus is to always play from the soul, so the music speaks to the heart of the listener.
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