Michael Gregory (jazz guitarist)

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Michael Gregory Jackson (born August 28, 1953, New Haven, Connecticut) is an American jazz, blues, and rock guitarist and singer.[1] Early in his career, he was known as Michael Gregory Jackson to avoid being confused with pop singer Michael Jackson. In 2013, he returned to using his full name.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Jackson worked with avant-garde jazz musicians such as Pheeroan akLaff, Oliver Lake, and Baikida Carroll. He worked with playwright Ntozake Shange, poet Jessica Hagedorn, and poet Thulani Davis at the Public Theatre, New York City. Following this he began working more in rock, jazz fusion, and R&B. He worked with Walter Becker of Steely Dan. In 1983 Nile Rodgers produced Situation-X for Island Records.

In 2013 he formed Michael Gregory Jackson's Clarity Quartet and Michael Gregory Jackson's Clarity TRiO. His groups have included Anthony Davis, Baikida Carroll, Bob Moses, David Murray, Jerome Harris, Julius Hemphill, Mark Helias, Mark Trayle, Marty Ehrlich, Oliver Lake, Pheeroan aKLaff, Wadada Leo Smith, and Will Calhoun.


As leader[edit]

  • Clarity, Circle, Triangle, Square (ESP-Disk, 1976)
  • Karmonic Suite (Improvising Artists, 1978)
  • Gifts (Arista/Novus, 1979)
  • Heart and Center (Arista/Novus, 1979)
  • Cowboys, Cartoons and Assorted Candy (Enja, 1982)
  • Situation X (Island, 1983)
  • The Way We Used to Do (Enja, 1982)
  • What to Where (Jive/Novus, 1987)
  • Towards the Sun (Golden, 1991)
  • Red (Orchard, 2000)
  • High Up Where the Breezes Blow
  • I Never Meta Guitar (Clean Feed, 2010) (on 1 track)

As sideman[edit]

With Art Ensemble Syd

  • Liberty (EME, 2013)

With Wadada Leo Smith

With Oliver Lake

  • Zaki
  • Shine
  • Life Dance of Is
  • Holding Together (Black Saint, 1976)
  • Wild Flower Loft Jazz Sessions

With Anthony Braxton

  • Wild Flower Loft Jazz Sessions

With Nona Hendryx

  • The Heat

With Pheeroan aKlaff

  • Fits Like a Glove

With Amina Claudine Myers

  • Amina

With Clyde Criner

  • Behind the Sun

With the Coyote Sisters

  • Women and Other Visions

With Viva Monroe

  • Rock 'n' Roll Party

With Seth Glier

  • Sojourn

With Paul Muldoon & RACKETT

  • Resistance

With Stephen Allen

  • Making the Move: Music to Poems by Paul Muldoon


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