St. Albans, New York, March 26th, 2013 - Jazz talent has always found a home in St. Albans, Queens, New York. It is rather well known that jazz legends like Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Count Basie, and John Coltrane to name just a few, lived in St. Albans, at one point in their lives.
Ironically, there has been lack of quality establishments in the area that have been receptive and classy places to showcase jazz talent in St. Albans, Queens - until now! Enter jazz artist and financial entrepreneur Edward Jackson, who has recently built a quality jazz hall underground to showcase jazz in an above board big way in St. Albans. His new Jackson Room jazz hall was built, with a lot of hard work and dedication to the art form, in the basement of his building also housing the well respected Jackson Tax Service.
Ed Jackson runs the well respected family business Jackson Tax Service Inc., founded by his father David Jackson, but is an accomplished jazz musician as well. Ed plays the saxophone and collaborates with his brother Dave a talented bass player to head the Jackson Bros Quartet including Carlton Holmes on piano and Steve Johns on drums.
Mr. Jackson, a graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston, Massachusetts, joined his father’s tax firm after college - however music is his passion. Ed has played with groups like the pioneering 29th Street Saxophone Quartet which he also founded, Roy Haynes, The Fatback Band, Melba Moore, T.S. Monk, Illinois Jacquet, Ty Stephens and Souljaazz, Weldon Irvine, The Count Basie Band, Donald Blackman and many others. Mr. Jackson is known as an artist with the talent to play various styles of jazz very well while maintaining his own unique style.
Ed Jackson realized he could help grow and develop his father’s tax practice and also pursue his passion to play jazz music simultaneously because the tax service industry is primarily a seasonal business. While the Jackson Tax Service business has expanded under Mr. Jackson’s stewardship, adding a St. Albans location recently, he was inspired to follow his heart.
The St. Albans building housing Jackson Tax Services latest branch had a large basement which wasn’t being fully utilized. Ed Jackson therefore decided to fulfill a life long dream of becoming a jazz club owner and turned the basement of the building located at 192-07 Linden Blvd, St Albans, New York into an impressive and functional jazz hall called Jackson Room. “The innovative Jackson Room, has great acoustics for jazz music and the sax” according to Ms. Adriana Jackson, Ed’s wife and manager of Jackson Tax Service collocated in the same building.
Presently the Jackson Bros play at Jackson Room once a month and are also inviting and featuring other jazz greats. Jackson Room is also being made available to other persons in the community who would like to sponsor events. Edward Jackson sees Jackson Room as more than a place to showcase his music – but also as a cultural center to give back to the St. Albans community especially considering the neighborhood’s organic connection to jazz music.
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