Michael Lee Jackson

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Michael Lee Jackson is an American guitarist, photographer and attorney.[citation needed]

He was part of Ian Gillan's backing band on the Deep Purple frontman's US solo tour in August and September 2006.[1] 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, Jackson 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 WhoCares 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 the "Out of My Mind / Holy Water" single from the Ian Gillan & Tony Iommi: WhoCares album.[2]

He released a solo album, In a Heartbeat, in 2006 on which Gillan was credited for backing vocals, and Tommy Z contributed guitar work.[3] The CD was recorded at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario.[citation needed]

He also worked with Emerson, Lake & Palmer bassist/vocalist, Greg Lake, and Animal Planet on a record of ELP/King Crimson remakes.[citation needed] The record was fully recorded, but has not been released.[citation needed]

He was front man for the Buffalo, New York band Animal Planet a group that recorded a three CDs, including Toast, Wag!, and Dawn.[citation needed] Animal Planet, as well as his own Michael Lee Jackson Band have toured extensively overseas to entertain US troops.[citation needed]

He toured with 10,000 Maniacs in 1998-1999.[citation needed] He replaced Robert Buck during his illness.[citation needed]

Jackson is the son of Bruce Jackson, a professor at the University at Buffalo.[citation needed] Michael Lee Jackson is an attorney from Buffalo, New York with a practice concentrating on entertainment, contracts and general business.[citation needed] He is a graduate of State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.[citation needed] He clerked for civil rights lawyer, William Kunstler, while in school.[citation needed] He received the Thurgood Marshall Award for pro-bono representation of an indigent defendant in a death-penalty case.[citation needed]

Jackson is also a photographer specializing in portrait and landscape photography.[citation needed] Jackson was selected by the jury of the Echo Art Fair in Buffalo, New York to exhibit his work in the May 2016 event.[citation needed]

In the summer of 2016 Jackson completed work on the album Death By Sunshine, co-produced by Jackson and Nick Blagona. It is scheduled for a fall 2016 release.[citation needed]

Michael currently resides in southern California.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Stephens, Charlie (21 December 2006). "Child In Time: An Interview With Ian Gillan". KNAC. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Attention Deficit Delirium » Blog Archive » Tony Iommi, Ian Gillan and Friends Unite For An Armenian Benefit". Bryanreesman.com. 2011-05-08. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  3. ^ "Tommy Z". ReverbNation. 2005-06-08. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 

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