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Paul Milton Jackson Jr. (born December 30, 1959)[1] is an American fusion/urban jazz composer, arranger, producer and guitarist. He was born and raised in Los Angeles. Jackson knew by the age of fifteen that he wanted to become a professional musician. He attended the University of Southern California, majoring in music.

Paul Jackson Jr.
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Background information
Birth name Paul Milton Jackson Jr.
Born (1959-12-30) December 30, 1959 (age 57)
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, smooth jazz, rock, pop, funk
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, guitarist, producer
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar
Years active 1976–present
Labels Atlantic, Blue Note, Branch Records
Associated acts Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Five Star, Chicago, The Temptations, Daft Punk
Website pauljacksonjr.com

In addition to being a recording artist in his own right, Jackson is also highly accomplished L.A. session player, with a career spanning multiple decades. He has supported artists ranging from Michael Jackson[2] (on the albums Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, HIStory and Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix) to the Temptations, Whitney Houston,[2] Alexander O'Neal, Five Star (album Silk and Steel), Howard Hewett, Thomas Anders, Patti LaBelle and Luis Miguel, to rockers such as Chicago and Elton John, to jazz-oriented players such as George Duke, George Benson, Dave Koz, Al Jarreau, David Benoit, Marcus Miller and Kirk Whalum, and to Christian artists such as Leon Patillo and Don Moen.

In 2013 it was revealed he contributed to several tracks on the album, Random Access Memories by Daft Punk and UK based singer songwriter Birdy's second album "Fire Within." He also played guitar on Lisa Stansfield's 2014 album, Seven.

Jackson can be seen playing guitar in a wide variety of styles on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and American Idol.[3]

Contents

GuitarsEdit

AmplifiersEdit

EffectsEdit

  • Dunlop M-102
  • Dunlop M-103
  • Xotic SP Comp
  • Xotic BB Preamp
  • Xotic Robotalk
  • Xotic RC Booster

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Title Year Label
I Came To Play 1988 Atlantic/WEA
Out of the Shadows 1990 Atlantic/WEA
A River in the Desert 1993 Atlantic/WEA
Never Alone/Duets 1996 Blue Note
The Power of the String 2002 Blue Note
Still Small Voice 2003 Blue Note
Lay It Back 2009 Branch Records

As sidemanEdit

With Amy Grant

With Chicago

With David Sanborn

With Lalo Schifrin

With Lionel Richie

With Michael Jackson

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit