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Bubba Jackson

Updated: 10/7/2017 07:08

Bubba Jackson
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Bubba Jackson was born in Harlem, New York, the third of five children to a family with Baptist roots. His Mom introduced him to Gospel, blues and Rhythm N' Blues through the music of Mahalia Jackson, Ruth Brown, Charles Brown and Ray Charles. His brothers came with the jazz but it was his cousin, Chuck that turned him on to Cuban, Puerto Rican and Calypso in his teenage years. However, this eclectic musical flair is by no means a shallow acquaintance. He is very knowledgeable and well-versed in each genre.

Bubba Jackson's love of music has taken him far. As a radio personality and Program Director he has worked for XM Satellite Radio - Washington, DC; KPCC Pasadena, CA; KJAZ San Francisco, CA; Music Choice; KACE, Los Angeles, CA; EUROJAZZ Holland; and KADX and KBPI Denver, CO and KLON-Long Beach. From the Los Angeles Times Calendar section received the distinction of being recognized as "One of the best things about drive-time In L.A. is Bubba Jackson's Jazz on KLON."

Starting in 1987 it was an easy segue into concert productions as producer, promoter, talent coordinator and master of ceremonies. My festival experience includes the Prince Hall Shriners' Concert in Los Angeles, New Orleans and St. Louis, The Millennium Music Festival (Los Angeles), the Doheny Blues Festival, Big Time Blues Festival, the Central Avenue Jazz Festival, the Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival and for one year, the 1987 Long Beach Blues Festival, co-produced the African American Music Festival (UCLA) with Kenny Burrell and Kenny Burrell's 75th Anniversary at Royce Hall at UCLA, the Old Pasadena Jazz Festival for the past ten-plus years plus The Winter Blues At The Luckman series is going on its 10th year. In addition I worked as Volunteer Coordinator for the Pan African Film Festival (L.A.) and the Friends Of Jazz At UCLA Awards Show.

Bubba Jackson is well-know and well-liked as an award winning radio and television personality, seasoned concert producer, skilled researcher, with exceptional organizational skills. This Air Force veteran and veteran air who has worked with many international and local celebrities has himself been celebrated by Senator Diane Watson Certificate of Recognition for Community Service; Councilman Robert Farrell Commendation for working with the Youth and Community Service; Mayor Tom Bradley Certificate of Appreciation, Supervisor Kenneth Hahn Commendation for Community Service; The Jazz Corner Recognition as Best DJ, KLON-FM, 88.1 in Long Beach.

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