Department of Music & Theatre
Dr. J. Reginald Jackson
Dr. J. Reginald Jackson is a soulful saxophonist, and an accomplished performer on clarinet, piano, organ, and flute - a gifted all around “musician’s musician”. Dr. Jackson combines elements of Contemporary Jazz, Blues and Gospel to create a unique sound that moves audiences all over the country. Growing up in Decatur, Alabama, Dr. Jackson early musical experiences included singing and playing the piano for church choirs. He grew into teaching music and conducting workshops locally and across the United States. Dr. Jackson has received numerous awards for his pursuit of excellence.
Dr. Jackson’s studies include: Alabama A & M University, The University of Alabama (B.S.), Northwestern University (Masters) and Florida State University (Ph.D. in Music Education). Dr. Jackson currently travels the country conducting gospel music workshops, keyboard seminars, and performing on saxophone, piano and organ. He also serves as Minister of Music at St. Stephens Baptist Church, The Pentecostal House of Prayer, and El Shaddi Ministries in Decatur, Alabama. He recently joined the faculty of the University of North Alabama as the Clarinet Instructor, and Alabama A & M University as the Clarinet and Saxophone Instructor. In between performances, he records, and has released 5 instrumental CDs. Dr. Jackson’s extensive background in music education also inspired him to publish a series of keyboard books designed for individuals interested in playing by ear.