Jules Jackson is a bass player, drummer, keyboardist, composer and arranger, specialising in jazz and groove-based music. He was born in Bath (UK) in 1980 and moved to London in 1998 to study on the jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, from where he graduated in 2002, and has been a Professor of Jazz Bass since 2016. Jules has continued to work throughout the country in a variety of professional music capacities, and is now based in Stroud (Glos) having lived in London until 2017.
As a performer, Jules works predominantly as a bass player (acoustic & electric), and in recent years has worked extensively with Sir John Dankworth & Dame Cleo Laine, Jamie Cullum and Jacqui Dankworth. Amongst many others he has also performed with (in alphabetical surname order:) Robin Aspland, Guy Barker, Alan Barnes, Liane Carroll, Gwyneth Herbert, Frank Holder, Laurie Holloway, Pete Hurt, Salena Jones, Anthony Kerr, Pete King, Tony Kinsey, Mark Lockheart, Henry Lowther, Tina May, David McAlmont, Marion Montgomery, Dave Newton, Mark Nightingale, Dave O’Higgins, John Parricelli, Ralph Salmins, Martin Shaw, Stan Sulzmann, Ian Thomas, Steve Waterman and Bobby Wellins.
Additionally he has appeared on numerous recordings, including two albums with the acclaimed trombonist Mike Hext.
In 2011 he appeared at the Royal Opera House in a Masterclass with legendary jazz drummer Peter Erskine and later the same year at the Royal College of Music, as part of their Festival of Percussion.
Jules composes for a number of original projects, as well as directing various bands for the corporate and private entertainment market. He released his debut album, “Groove Therapy” in 2011, a project which has since evolved in to a collaboration with jazz singer Sophie Smith with whom the next album is currently in progress.
Education is a significant area of Jules’s professional work. Current teaching positions include:
Professor of Jazz Bass at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (since 2016)
Visiting Teacher of Bass Guitar and Music Technology at Eton College (since 2015)
Visiting Teacher of Jazz at Christ’s Hospital school in West Sussex (since 2012)
Visiting Bass Tutor and Ensemble Coach with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland (since 2009)
Jules is also an experienced sound engineer, and records at home or on location. Over the years he has engineered and / or mixed recordings by a selection of British jazz artists, including Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Orchestra, Gareth Lockrane, Chris Allard, Dave Manington, Brigitte Beraha, The Big Shake Up, as well as his own album “Groove Therapy.”