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Grammy Nominated Paul Jackson, Jr. Joins Harp and Lorber on ‘Life & Times'
Lead guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr., known for playing on stage with such icons as
Michael Jackson, Dru Hill, Whitney Houston and Patti LaBelle, joins the trio Jazz Funk Soul on their January 25, 2019 album
release "Life and Times" (Shanachie Entertainment). The group consists of Grammy Award nominated Everette Harp on
saxophone and Grammy winning Jeff Lorber on keyboard. Grammy nominated Paul Jackson, Jr. fills in for the group's late founder
Grammy nominated guitarist Chuck Loeb.
"Technically yes, this
is the first time I've been in a group," Jackson, Jr. said. "But I have worked with Everette with George Duke on
the road and Jeff Lorber I've worked for 30 years on his projects."
who also plays on stage as part of the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "American Idol" orchestras, recording
credits include Michael Jackson's "Thriller", "Bad," and "Dangerous," The Jackson's "Destiny"
and "Triumph" and Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All." He has released eight solo albums and received
his Grammy Award nomination for his debut album "I Came to Play."
guys decided to continue the group and I was pleased," Paul said earnestly.
During the recording of "Life and Times," with Harp and Lorber, Jackson, Jr. said abut
the experience, "I (normally) do one guitar part...Everette likes to do three parts
and choose from them. That was different for me. Before, we'd write songs and bring them
to the table, this time we did a lot of co-writing."
Paul said there was one song he had brought
to the table, which they used but it was changed during the process. Jazz Funk Soul formed
in 2014 and released a self-titled album that year. That project was followed by "More
Serious Business" in 2016. Chuck passed away in 2017 and on January 25th Jackson, Jr., Harp and Lorber
continues the Jazz Funk Soul trio with the release of "Life and Times."
Jackson, Jr. teaches at his Alma Mata, the University of Southern California, where Grammy Award nominated Patrice
Rushen ("Forget Me Nots") designed the program. When he was a young musician
a mentor told him he needed to start playing guitar like Paul Jackson, Jr.
"So I'd write songs and play songs...as God directed and as you play and
soul-seek you end up a conglomeration of what you heard. It all comes together over the
years and you will start to come out."
That is certainly
what Paul did, come out, because his guitar playing has a signature sound that I can identify no matter what project
he is on.
Advice this living legend gives to other artists and musicians is "always
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