Ron Jackson is a New York City 6 and 7-string guitar master, composer, arranger, producer, recording artist, educator, and actor. Considered one of the most versatile guitarists in the world, he is adept in styles such as Jazz, Folk, Latin, African, Rock, R&B, Brazilian, Pop, Country, Calypso, Reggae, Soul, Funk, and Classical. Ron has performed, recorded, and taught in over 30 countries with bands and artists such as Taj Mahal, Little Anthony and The Imperials, James Spaulding, The Boys Choir of Harlem, The Metro Mass Choir, Mor Thaims Drums of Fire, Irene Reid, Hal Singer, TK Blue, Sarah Dash, Gene Anthony Ray, Cecil Brooks III, TAO, Melvin Rhyne, Jimmy McGriff, 5 Guitars Play Mingus, Cissy Houston, Kevin Powell, Ralph Peterson, Russell Malone, Larry Coryell, Jack Wilkins, Don Braden, Craig Handy, Vanessa Rubin, David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness, Renee Manning, Earl Mcintyre, Clark Gayton, Benny Powell, Babatunde Olatunji, Benny Golson, Randy Weston, Ron Carter, Valery Ponomarev, Oliver Lake, Leo Wright, Jaki Byard, Mulgrew Miller, Winard Harper, Akua Dixon, Kenny Drew Jr., Olatunji, Gwen Guthrie, and comedian Tom Papa. Ron has also performed in pit orchestra’s on many Broadway and off-Broadway shows including “Shuffle Along”, “Disaster”, “Avenue Q”, “Extravaganza”, “Fosse”, “Rent”, “Saturday Night Fever”, “The Will Rodgers Follies”, “Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk”, and has made appearances in several major motion pictures including “The Greatest Showman”, "Vulgar", and "Fly By Night".





As a music producer and bandleader, Ron has eight jazz guitar albums and one acoustic folk/world guitar album to his credit. He is the founder of indie record label Roni Music. Through his record label Ron is producer and manager of vocalist, dancer, and model Lucia Jackson. Lucia’s debut album on Roni Music Label is scheduled for release September 2018. Roni Music successfully raised over $15,000 for production of Lucia’s album through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com

Outside of his performance and production career, Ron is also an esteemed music educator. He currently teaches guitar at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The New School, Midori and Friends, and is the founder of www.practicejazzguitar.com. He is a Contributor/Writer for Acoustic Guitar Magazine where he has published educational and guitar instructional articles. Ron has also written articles for Downbeat Magazine. Most recently Ron has held master classes, concerts and workshops at Jazz at Lincoln Center-Jazz in the Schools, The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Escuela Creativa Musica, Madrid Spain and California State University.

 

Notable Performances

  • Super Jazz Ashdod Festival, Israel

  • Jazz Festival of The Trecian Kings, Kazanlak, Bulgaria

  • Guadeloupe Guitar Festival

  • The Istanbul Jazz Festival, Turkey

  • Old Towne Jazz Festival, Warsaw, Poland

  • The Keswick Jazz Festival, UK

  • Llangollen Jazz Festival, UK

  • Grimsby Jazz Festival, UK

  • Marlboro Jazz Festival, UK

  • Edinburgh Jazz Festivals, UK

  • Northern Guitarist Show, UK

  • The Hamilton Jazz Festival, Australia

  • Montsalvat Jazz Festival, Australia

  • Kiama Jazz Festival, Australia

  • The North Sea Jazz Festival, Holland

  • Pori Jazz Festival, Finland

  • Cully Jazz Festival, Switzerland

  • Fribourg Jazz Festival, Switzerland

  • Jazz Entre Amigos, Spain

  • San Juan Evanglista Festival, Spain

  • Lake George Jazz Festival, NY

  • Winter Jazz Fest, NYC

  • Washington D.C. Jazz Festival

  • New Orleans Jazz Festival, LA

  • Atlanta Arts Festival, GA

  • City Stages, Birmingham, AL

  • The North Carolina Jazz Festival, NC

  • The Newark Jazz Festival, NJ

  • Kingston Jazz Festival, NY

  • The International Art Of Jazz Festival, NY

  • The National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA

  • Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, NY

  • James Moody Jazz Festival, NJ

  • Brooklyn Brass Festival, NY

  • Savannah Jazz Festival, GA

  • Rochester International Jazz Festival, NY

  • The New York Music Festival, NY

 

Ron Jackson’s Performance/Tour Schedule