Javon Jackson came into international prominence as a member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He has also toured and recorded with Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Les McCann. Jackson has also developed a formidable career as leader and recording artist, touring throughout the world. Javon’s current musical group, The Javon Jackson Band, incorporates many styles including jazz, funk, R&B and rocks numerous others. As an educator, Javon Jackson is a Professor of Jazz and Director of the Jackie McLean Institute at the University of Hartford.