Born 27th June 1978, Garry spent his formative years in Coalville, Leicestershire. At the age of 8 he decided to take up the double bass, inspired by his Grandfather who was also a double bassist.

During his teens he performed regularly with orchestras, big bands, choirs and rock bands, also moving to electric bass at 14.

In 1996 he was awarded a bursary from The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, with which he used to study with world renowned bassist Herbie Flowers.

He moved north in 1997 to study at Leeds College of Music, gaining a BA (Hons) in Jazz Studies. He was awarded the Fred and Ethel Tolsen Memorial prize for strings by Leeds College of Music in 2000, also being a finalist in the Perrier Young Jazz Awards as part of the Chris Isaac Quartet.

“Bass Player Garry Jackson provided lithe and sinuous playing, ably giving the apt responses his fellow musicians needed whilst doing a great job of keeping the time...This was a gig that will stay in this reviewer’s memory for a long time to come.” 
Dick Armstrong

He has worked professionally as a bassist since 2000, performing with such artists as:

Michael Abene, Howard Alden, Lynne Arriale, Guy Barker, Alan Barnes, Jonathan Gee, Herb Geller, Jeanne Gies, Carlos Gonzalbez, Guthrie Govan, Baptiste Herbin, John Horler, Adrian Ingram, Julian Joseph, Barry Kernfeld, Peter King, Tina May, Jim Mullen, Mark Nightingale, Dave Newton, Dave O Higgins, Gary Potter, Don Rendell, Perico Sambeat, Martin Shaw, John Surman, Bobby Wellins and Roy Williams.

“Outstanding guitarist Jamie Taylor leads a classy line up with the acclaimed Jamil Sheriff and the North’s finest bass player Garry Jackson.”
Scarborough Jazz Festival.

Garry has appeared at numerous music festivals including:

London Jazz Festival

Manchester Jazz Festival
Hull Jazz Festival
Cleethorpes Jazz Festival
Marsden Jazz Festival
Scarborough Jazz Festival
Leeds Big City Jazz Festival
Leeds/Reading Festival
Glastonbury Festival

“I’ve never heard Garry play as he did last night – wonderful time and astonishing technique in his solos. He has always been a good player but last night showed him to be a great player.”
Tony Faulkner, Drummer, Arranger and Educator.

“Garry Jackson is a strong and committed musician. He plays with the full intention of the musical pulse and works in sympathy with other members of the rhythm section. He is a responsive and interactive bass player ready for musical adventure with whom I have had the pleasure of playing with.”
Julian Joseph, Acclaimed Pianist and Broadcaster.

Current Bands involved with include:

Bourne/Jackson/Hobbs Trio
Tom Quayle Trio
Al Wood Quintet
Svarc Trio
Jamie Taylor’s Outside Line Quartet/Trio
Sam Dunn Trio
The Perpetual Motion Machine
Paul Wilkinson Duo
Dave Kane Large Ensemble
Jamil Sheriff Big Band
James Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

“Garry Jackson is a strong double bass player,             
with good soloing skills.”                            
John Robert Brown, Chairman of the Saxophone Society of Great Britain.                            

Garry works at Leeds College of Music as an instrumental tutor, teaching at all levels. 
(BA Jazz, MA Jazz, BA Pop, Access, BTEC) 

He has also taught for Leeds University Music Department and for Leeds Young Musicians.
He is a versatile musician having worked and taught in a variety of styles, has lectured in theory, aural and led ensemble classes. He has also led workshops and master classes throughout the UK. Garry has also recently begun teaching seminars in 2016 for the worlds biggest online bass resource, Scott's Bass Lessons.

“Leeds bassist Garry Jackson, whose big round sound was a pleasure.”
   Derek Gorman, Jazz Review.

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