Eric A. Jackson, M.Ed is a native of Williamsburg, and Newport News, VA. He attended Virginia State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Masters of Education. This was not before he participated in the Marching Trojan Explosion Band, played for countless other local bands, and shared the stage with national recording artists.
In 2007, Jackson began performing in the Petersburg-Richmond area. He’s played with bands including Rob Gray and friends, Brian C. Band, Aparallax, Blue Haven, Spoonful, Time Signatures, Rize, Another Level, Second Nature, and Klaxton Brown. He’s shared the stage with national artists such as Adwela and the Uprising, Mark Ingraham, Rick Elliot, Monophonics, and DJ Williams. He’s also played at many regional venues and festivals including the National, Halifax Blues and Jazz Festival, the Kwanzaa Festival, the Tobacco Company, The former “Toad’s Place” in Richmond, Touche' Live DC, and many others. Jackson also has volunteered at various high schools in DC, MD, NC, and VA, assisting with their band programs and competitions.
Since graduation, Jackson has been performing full time with multiple bands while living in the DMV area. He's facilitated a master class for trumpets and French horns at Bruton High School in Williamsburg, VA. He has also been in the recording studio working on his own solo music projects, while teaching Music and Special Education full-time. He currently has a project called "Urban Complex", playing Neo-Soul, R&B, Jazz, and Hip Hop in conjunction with live visual art at every show. Check out urbancomplexdc.com and catch them when they perform near you!
Jackson's compositions are an emotional expression in musical form of situations that took place in his life. Most of Jackson's music is heavily influenced by hip hop and r&b, but still reflects an underlying jazz influence and foundation. Each song is designed to take you on a different experience emotionally and mentally; providing a personal journey that is unique to each listener, but equally profound.
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