David “Jaxon” Jackson is an English saxophonist known for his innovative and experimental approach to playing. Born on April 15, 1947, in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Jackson began playing the saxophone at a young age and quickly developed a unique sound and style.
In the late 1960s, Jackson joined the progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator, where he played saxophone, flute, and other woodwind instruments. His contributions to the band’s sound were integral to their experimental, avant-garde style, and he quickly gained a reputation as one of the most innovative and boundary-pushing saxophonists in the UK.
In addition to his work with Van der Graaf Generator, Jackson has collaborated with a number of other musicians and bands, including Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, and Osanna. He has also released several solo albums, including “Tonewall” (1978) and “Excalibur” (1988).
Jackson’s playing is characterized by its energy, improvisation, and willingness to push boundaries and explore new sounds. He is known for his use of extended techniques, such as circular breathing and multiphonics, and his ability to blend different genres and styles.
In addition to his work as a musician, Jackson is also an accomplished painter and illustrator. He has created album artwork for a number of musicians, including Van der Graaf Generator and Peter Gabriel.
Jackson’s contributions to music have been recognized with a number of awards and honors. In 2013, he was inducted into the Wall of Fame at the Classic Rock Society Awards. He continues to perform and record, and his dedication to innovation and experimentation make him a true icon of the British music scene.
Last updated 3/26/2023.