Michael Gregory (jazz guitarist)

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Michael Gregory Jackson (born August 28, 1953 in New Haven, Connecticut) is an American jazz and R&B guitarist. Early in his career, he used the name Michael Gregory to prevent mix-ups with the name of pop singer Michael Jackson.[1] In 2013, he returned to using his full name.

During the 1970s and '80s, he worked with avant-garde jazz musicians Oliver Lake,[1] Pheeroan akLaff, and Baikida Carroll.

He worked with playwright Ntozake Shange, poet Jessica Hagedorn, and poet Thulani Davis at the Public Theater, 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 his album 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, Bob Moses, David Murray, Jerome Harris, Julius Hemphill, Mark Helias, Mark Trayle, Marty Ehrlich, 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)
  • High Up Where the Breezes Blow (In Respect, 1995)
  • Red (Orchard, 2000)
  • Spirit Signal Strata (2017)[2]

As sideman[edit]

With Oliver Lake

  • 1976 Holding Together
  • 1978 Life Dance of Is
  • 1978 Shine
  • 1979 Zaki
  • 1982 Plug It

With Wadada Leo Smith

With others


  1. ^ a b Wynn, Ron. "Michael Gregory". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Michael Gregory Jackson | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Michael Gregory Jackson | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 December 2018.

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