Ronald Shannon Jackson

Ronald Shannon Jackson - © Fred Haslimann

born on 12/1/1940 in Fort Worth, TX, United States

died on 19/10/2013 in Fort Worth, TX, United States

Alias Ron Jackson

Ronald Shannon Jackson

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Ronald Shannon Jackson

Ronald Shannon Jackson (born January 12, 1940) is an American jazz drummer.[1]

Jackson was born in Fort Worth, Texas,[1] where he attended I.M. Terrell High School.[2][3] He is notable for his unusual approach to his instrument, which draws as much inspiration from military and parade bands as traditional jazz drumming. He is the only person to have recorded and performed with the three prime shapers of free jazz: pianist Cecil Taylor, and saxophonists Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler.

In 1979, he founded his own group, the Decoding Society,[1] playing what has been dubbed free funk: a blend of funk rhythm and free jazz improvisation.

With Sonny Sharrock, Peter Brötzmann, and Bill Laswell, Jackson was a member of the quartet Last Exit.[1] In 1987 he co-founded the groups Power Tools (with guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Melvin Gibbs) and SXL (with Laswell, violinist L. Shankar, Senegalese drummer Aiyb Dieng, and Korean percussion group SamulNori); in 1988 he and Laswell teamed with Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata in the trio Mooka. He has also recorded with Charles Tyler (Jackson's first recording date), James Blood Ulmer (Jackson was an original member of Ulmer's band Music Revelation Ensemble), Billy Bang, Albert Mangelsdorff.

His most recent tours included performances in Europe with Wadada Leo Smith and John Lindberg on one hand, and with Melvin Gibbs, Joseph Bowie, Vernon Reid, and James Blood Ulmer on the other.


As leader

  • Eye on You (About Time, 1980)
  • Nasty (Moers Music, 1981)
  • Street Priest (Moers, 1981)
  • Mandance (Antilles Records, 1982)
  • Barbeque Dog (Antilles, 1983)
  • Montreux Jazz Festival (Knit Classics, 1983)
  • Pulse (Celluloid, 1984)
  • Decode Yourself (Island, 1985)
  • Taboo (Venture/Virgin, 198183)
  • Earned Dream (Knit Classics, 1984)
  • Live at Greenwich House (Knit Classics, 1986)
  • Live at the Caravan of Dreams (Caravan of Dreams, 1986) AKA Beast in the Spider Bush
  • When Colors Play (Caravan of Dreams, 1986)
  • Texas (Caravan of Dreams, 1987)
  • Red Warrior (Axiom, 1990)
  • Raven Roc (DIW, 1992)
  • Live in Warsaw (Knit Classics, 1994)
  • What Spirit Say (DIW, 1994)
  • Shannon's House (Koch, 1996)

(dates are recording, not release)

As sideman

With Last Exit

  • Köln (ITM, 1986)
  • Last Exit (Enemy, 1986)
  • The Noise of Trouble (Enemy, 1986) with guests Akira Sakata and Herbie Hancock
  • Cassette Recordings 87 (Celluloid, 1987)
  • Iron Path (Virgin, 1988)
  • Headfirst into the Flames: Live in Europe (Muworks, 1989)

With Mooko:

  • Japan Concerts (Celluloid, 1988)

With Music Revelation Ensemble:

  • No Wave (Moers, 1980)
  • Music Revelation Ensemble (DIW, 1988)

With Power Tools:

  • Strange Meeting (Antilles, 1987)

With SXL:

  • Live in Japan (Terrapin/Sony Japan, 1987)
  • Into the Outlands (Celluloid, 1987)

As sideman:

  • Albert Ayler: At Slug's Saloon, vols. 1&2 (ESP, 1966)
  • Albert Ayler: Holy Ghost: Rare and Unreleased Recordings (Revenant, 196270)
  • Ornette Coleman: Dancing in Your Head (A&M, 1973, 1975)
  • Ornette Coleman: Body Meta (Artists House, 1975)
  • Bill Laswell: Baseline (Elektra Musician, 1982)
  • Cecil Taylor: The Cecil Taylor Unit (New World, 1978)
  • Cecil Taylor: 3 Phasis (New World, 1978)
  • Cecil Taylor: One Too Many Salty Swift and Not Goodbye (hat Hut, 1978)
  • Charles Tyler: Charles Tyler Ensemble (ESP, 1966)
  • James Blood Ulmer: Are You Glad to Be in America? (Rough Trade, 1980)
  • James Blood Ulmer: America: Do You Remember the Love? (Blue Note, 1986)
  • John Zorn: Spillane (Nonesuch, 198687)


  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named allmusic
  2. Collier, Caroline, Jazz jumps back onto the Cowtown scene, February 27, 2008. URL accessed on July 25, 2012.
  3. Patoski, Joe Nick (2008). Willie Nelson: An Epic Life. URL accessed July 25, 2012.

External links

  • Official website
  • Discography at WNUR-FM
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