Javon Jackson “Jazz By 5”
Javon Jackson – Tenor Saxophone
Randy Brecker – Trumpet
Jimmy Cobb – Drums
George Cables – Piano
Eddie Gomez – Bass
“Jazz By 5” is a musical collaboration of jazz giants that celebrates the eras of swing, bebop, avant-garde, and beyond. Initially formed by Javon Jackson in an effort to perform, tour, and collaborate among close friends, “Jazz by 5” performs a mixture of classic jazz standards and original material from its legendary members, all of whom have made an indelible mark on the jazz genre.
Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson first came into international prominence touring and recording with the legendary Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He’s since released 14 recordings as a leader and has recorded over 135 albums with the biggest names in jazz.
Jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker has helped redefine the sound of jazz, R&B, and rock. He’s played on hundreds of albums by artists like Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius, and Frank Zappa. Alongside his brother Michael, he formed the Brecker Brothers Band, which earned seven Grammy nominations.
Pianist George Cables has performed and recorded with some of the greatest jazz musicians of our time, including: Joe Henderson, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Williams, Bobby Hutcherson, and Dizzy Gillespie. In addition, Cables has composed and arranged for recordings by Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Bobby Hutcherson, and many others. A major voice in modern jazz, Cables is currently performing and recording as a soloist, with trios and larger ensembles, and as a clinician in college jazz programs.
Legendary bassist and two-time Grammy Award-winner Eddie Gomez has been on the cutting edge of music for over four decades. He has worked with numerous jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman, Chick Corea, and Lionel Hampton.
Drummer Jimmy Cobb is the elder statesman of all of Miles Davis’ incredible bands. Cobb’s inspirational work with Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, and more spanned 1957 through 1963 and included the masterpiece Kind of Blue, the most popular jazz recording in history.