Dave Jackson is a Sydney based saxophonist / composer who is increasingly integrating himself and his arts practices with technology experts and communities around the world.
In 2003 he relocated from the small rural town of Cowra to study a bachelor of music at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Since graduating at the end of 2006 Dave has been making his mark on the domestic scene.
In 2007 Trio Apoplectic, a co-led creative Jazz trio featuring Dave Jackson released their debut album to critical acclaim. (see reviews). Trio Apoplectic toured Australian extensively throughout 2007/08.
In 2009 Dave was the second youngest of ten finalists in the prestigious National Jazz Awards held in Wangaratta. Also, Trio Apoplectic released their 2nd album to critical acclaim. (see reviews).
In 2010 Dave was featured on three new albums - Iconic Australian trumpet player Warwick Alder chose Jackson for his quintet and debut album as a leader, Brendance (Rufus). In addition to the Warwick Alder quintet Dave was chosen to record with The Denominators on their debut release, Color Wheel, which also featured James Muller as well as Uncle Jed’s (2013 Winners of Australia's Got Talent ) self titled debut album.
In 2011 Dave was selected to be a member of Dave Panichi’s Australian Youth Jazz orchestra and he recorded for the ABC as a member of the Doig Collective.
In 2012 Dave received an Australia Council for the Arts Grant to study with the world’s most renowned saxophonists and composers in NYC. While in NYC, Dave recorded a self funded album with a band of internationally renowned Jazz musicians. Later in 2012 he released this album, his debut under his own name as leader – Cosmontology. It features internationally renowned Sean Wayland, Orlando Le Fleming and Greg Hutchinson.
In January of 2013 Dave was an artist in residence in the rocks as a part of the ‘pop up’ initiative.
In July of 2013, Dave undertook a self funded national tour to promote his internationally acclaimed release – ‘Cosmontology’. As a part of this tour Dave started working with visual artist Linda Brancato of ‘Radcato designs’. Linda presented live visual projections which were a compilation of manipulated field recordings that she gathered from in and around Sydney. Dave also started incorporating digital effects into his approach to modern Jazz, something that he is excited to explore further moving forward. In addition to touring with his own band Dave toured Australia and New Zealand with Sydney bands The Dilworths and Uncle Jed.
In January of 2014 Dave was an artist in residence at Bundanon. Also in 2014 Dave released his album 'Cosmontology Live' which received a 4 star review in the SMH from John Shand.
In addition to Trio Apoplectic, the Warwick Alder quintet, the Australian Youth Jazz orchestra, Orbiturtle and his own ensembles Dave has performed as a sideman, recorded, toured and collaborated with ensembles and individuals including, Uncle Jed, The Denominators, The Dilworths, The Dave Panichi Septet, Doig Collective, The Mods, Cumbia Muffin and Karoshi amongst others. Jackson has also performed alongside distinguished Jazz musicians such as James Muller, Carl Dewhurst, Simon Barker, Warwick Alder, Dave Panichi, Cameron Undy, Steve Magnussun, Phil Stack, Dave Goodman, Brendan Clarke, Andrew Robertson, Dan Barnett, Lauren Dawes, Rai Thistlethwayte, Hamish Stuart, John Harkins and Andrew Dickerson among others.