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And now: it's Daniel Jackson time

Daniel Jackson week gets underway Thursday night in downtown San Diego

The name of Daniel Jackson rests at the top of many San Diegan's lists of hometown straight-ahead jazz tenor sax heroes.

But, as I have written before, Jackson kills it as a piano player. He kills it.

"I hope whenever I play," he says, "don’t no one come in that actually knows how to play a piano," Jackson being self-taught. He laughs in a way that puts a listener at ease in talking to a bona fide master.

Daniel Jackson has played saxophone professionally since 1958, touring with Ray Charles, Buddy Rich, Willie Bobo, and others. He is a mentor, and he is a local treasure.

His solos are lyric conversations interjected with thoughtful reconstructions, less Michael Brecker sax techno-geeky and more Dexter Gordon meets Sonny Rollins.

Years ago, then-City council member and jazz fan Donna Frye proclaimed January 24th as Daniel Jackson week.

The tradition continues:

Thursday January 24: Jackson and guests including trumpet maven Gilbert Castellanos at Croce's, 8 p.m. in the Gaslamp.

Friday January 25: Jackson with even more guests, including George Bohannon, 8 p.m. at Dizzy's. "I'll have special guests there at that show," he says, but he will not tell me who. But even over the phone, I can hear the smile in his voice.

Saturday January 26: Jackson with Brett Sanders on drums, among others at Croce's. 11:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday January 30: Mr. Jackson solo at the keyboards at the Encinitas library. Noon.

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The name of Daniel Jackson rests at the top of many San Diegan's lists of hometown straight-ahead jazz tenor sax heroes.

But, as I have written before, Jackson kills it as a piano player. He kills it.

"I hope whenever I play," he says, "don’t no one come in that actually knows how to play a piano," Jackson being self-taught. He laughs in a way that puts a listener at ease in talking to a bona fide master.

Daniel Jackson has played saxophone professionally since 1958, touring with Ray Charles, Buddy Rich, Willie Bobo, and others. He is a mentor, and he is a local treasure.

His solos are lyric conversations interjected with thoughtful reconstructions, less Michael Brecker sax techno-geeky and more Dexter Gordon meets Sonny Rollins.

Years ago, then-City council member and jazz fan Donna Frye proclaimed January 24th as Daniel Jackson week.

The tradition continues:

Thursday January 24: Jackson and guests including trumpet maven Gilbert Castellanos at Croce's, 8 p.m. in the Gaslamp.

Friday January 25: Jackson with even more guests, including George Bohannon, 8 p.m. at Dizzy's. "I'll have special guests there at that show," he says, but he will not tell me who. But even over the phone, I can hear the smile in his voice.

Saturday January 26: Jackson with Brett Sanders on drums, among others at Croce's. 11:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday January 30: Mr. Jackson solo at the keyboards at the Encinitas library. Noon.

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