On April 15, 2023, we celebrate the birthday of David “Jaxon” Jackson, the talented saxophonist and member of the legendary progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. Jaxon’s contributions to the band helped shape their iconic sound and cemented his legacy as one of the most influential saxophonists in the genre.
Jaxon joined Van der Graaf Generator in the early 1970s, and his virtuosic playing style and unique sound became an essential component of the band’s music. His contributions can be heard on classic Van der Graaf Generator albums like “Pawn Hearts” and “Godbluff,” which are still celebrated as some of the greatest works in the progressive rock genre.
Jaxon’s saxophone playing was characterized by soulful melodies and a dynamic range of expression. His ability to weave complex and intricate lines into the band’s music helped create a unique and unforgettable sound that set Van der Graaf Generator apart from their peers.
Beyond his work with Van der Graaf Generator, Jaxon was also a sought-after session musician, working with artists like Peter Gabriel, Osibisa, and John Martyn. His influence on the world of jazz and progressive rock has been immeasurable, and his unique sound continues to inspire musicians today.
Today we celebrate Jaxon’s contributions to the world of music, particularly his work with Van der Graaf Generator. His virtuosic saxophone playing and unique sound helped shape the progressive rock genre, and his legacy continues to inspire musicians today.