Originally from Carthage, Missouri but raised in Denver, Colorado, Javon Jackson was exposed to jazz music by his parents at an early age. Sonny Stitt recordings inspired him to pick up the saxophone and by sixteen, Jackson was playing club dates.
While attending Berklee College of Music, Jackson was introduced to Art Blakey whose band he would play in for three years. He also toured with Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, Charlie Haden, and Cedar Walton. Jackson’s debut as a leader came in 1991, when he released Burnin' and Me and Mr. Jones on the Criss Cross Label. He would go on to release eleven more albums as leader on various labels including Blue Note, Palmetto, and Smoke Sessions, and play on records with both Art Blakey and Elvin Jones as sideman.
Jackson earned his master's degree in music as well as a position as Assistant Professor of Jazz Education at SUNY Purchase.
He continues to tour extensively with his group, the Javon Jackson Band or sometimes the Javon Jackson Superband, and performs as a special guest with various artists, including Curtis Fuller and Donald Byrd. His Chesky release, New York Time, was released in 2006 and features Christian McBride, Jimmy Cobb, and Cedar Walton.