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John Jackson

John Jackson

Reeves Hall, Room 237

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B.M., University of Georgia
M.M., University of Georgia 

John Jackson is a university-trained and award-winning musician who began playing the guitar at the age of 13. He has studied and performed on the guitar as his primary focus since he was accepted to the University of Georgia in 2006. At UGA, he graduated Magna Cum Laude earning both a Bachelor’s and Master's Degree in Guitar Performance as a student of renowned classical guitarist and educator John Sutherland. Furthermore, he studied jazz theory and improvisation with Steve Dancz, the Director of Jazz Studies at UGA. 
Mr. Jackson has a wide range of field experience as a professional guitarist – he has worked as house guitarist for The Iron Grill and Truffles Grill Restaurants, played guitar for the Gainesville Theater Alliance’s production of Children of Eden, and performed with multiple orchestras, choirs, jazz and rock groups, and chamber ensembles. He has premiered several new works written for the guitar, and provided music for a variety of events and venues including weddings, corporate events, parties, church services, restaurants, hotels, and jazz bars. 
Mr. Jackson's awards include winning first place, outstanding performer, and convention recitalist in the 2013 GMTA Competition, as well as first prize in the Ira E. Mashburn Competition for New and Electronic Music in 2006. He has participated in master classes with many famous musicians including Christopher Parkening, Pepe Romero, Sharon Isbin, Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Pintrup of The Lincoln Center Jazz band, and the Tokyo String Quartet. 
Mr. Jackson teaches private and class guitar lessons, performs regularly, and holds master classes on the guitar. To read more about Mr. Jackson please visit his website at www.jjacksonguitar.com.