Michael Lee Jackson
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Michael Lee Jackson is an American guitarist. He was part of Ian Gillan's backing band on the Deep Purple frontman's US solo tour in August and September 2006. He also performed on guitar and acted as musical director for Gillan's CD/DVD Gillan's Inn (2006), Live in Anaheim also on CD/DVD (2008), and One Eye to Morocco (2009). He has been Gillan's creative manager for solo projects since approximately 2005. In 2010-11 Michael scored and engineered the sound track to the indie feature film, The Bad Penny, directed by Todd Bellanca. Jackson also played guitar on Holy Water off the 2011 Who Cares project by Tony Iommi, Ian Gillan and friends, a project to raise funds for the rebuilding of a music school in Gyumri, Armenia. Jackson also contributed engineering and production on Holy Water and recorded Gillan's vocals for Holy Water and Out of My Mind for the Who Cares project.
He released a solo CD In a Heartbeat in 2006 on which Ian Gillan is credited for backing vocals.
He also worked with Emerson, Lake & Palmer bassist/vocalist, Greg Lake, and Animal Planet on a record of ELP/King Crimson remakes. The record was fully recorded, but has not been released.
He was front man for the Buffalo, New York band Animal Planet a group that recorded a three CDs, including Toast, Wag!, and Dawn.
Animal Planet, as well as his Michael Lee Jackson Band have toured extensively overseas to entertain US Troops.
He is an attorney from Buffalo, New York with a practice concentrating on entertainment, contracts and general business. He is a graduate of State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. He clerked for civil rights lawyer, William Kunstler, while in school. He received the Thurgood Marshall Award for pro-bono representation of an indigent defendant in a death-penalty case.
Michael currently resides in southern California.
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