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Artist Profiles - Guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr.

Paul Milton Jackson, Jr. is a fusion/urban jazz composer, arranger, producer and guitarist. He was born on December 30, 1959 and raised in Los Angeles. Jackson knew by the age of fifteen that he wanted to become a professional musician. He attended the University of Southern California, majoring in music.

In addition to being a recording artist in his own right, Jackson is also highly accomplished L.A. session player, with a career spanning multiple decades. He has supported artists ranging from jazz-oriented players such as George Duke, George Benson, Dave Koz, Al Jarreau, David Benoit, Marcus Miller and Kirk Whalum.

In 2013 it was revealed he contributed to several tracks on the album, “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk and UK based singer songwriter Birdy's second album "Fire Within." He also played guitar on Lisa Stansfield's 2014 album, “Seven.”

Jackson can be seen playing guitar in a wide variety of styles on “The Tonight Show” and “American Idol.”