Since that time, Duffy Jackson's powerful, swinging style has driven such big name bands as Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton and Illinois Jacquet. He's also performed with such Jazz legends as Duke Ellington. Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Buddy Rich and Harry "Sweets" Edison to name a few.
Tutored by Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and Louie Bellson, Jackson shares h's rlch musical heritage with fans and music students of all ages worldwide. Active in the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), Dully has served as artist-inresidence at Valdosta State College, The University of Miami, Youngstown University as well as guest arfistleducator for the Collegiate Band Program at Walt Disney World. He conducts rhythm section and lmprovlsatlonal workshops for elementary, high school and college students and frequently holds Master classes for working drummers as well.
Hailed by critics as the "heir-apparent" to the big-band drum throne vacated by Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa, Jackson's praises are sung throughout the world, citing his brash, dynamic style. But Jackson's talents extend beyond percussion. He is a prolific composer, keyboard player, bassist, vibraphonlst and vocalist, as is evidenced by his Milestone Fantasy release, "Swingl Swingl Swingl" Dully Jackson is that rare and brilliant hybrid known as the consummate entertainer. H's ability to combine solid musicianship with high energy showmanship (not unlike the late Dizzy Gillespie) is what sets him apart from other jazz musicians. His effusive enthusiasm beams like a spotlight, showering his audience with syncopated excitement.
Duffy's newest release, "Duffy Jackson's French Connection", was recorded in Paris during Christmas 1997. It features three of France's best jazz musicians and captures the electrifying performances recorded live at the "Alliance Jazz Club".