Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Noah Jackson is a bassist, cellist, and composer playing a wide variety of music from jazz and classical, to funk and soul. A graduate of Michigan State University (B.M.) under the direction of Rodney Whitaker, and Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) with Dr. Larry Ridley, Noah Jackson has been performing internationally and across the US with many top acts in music. Known for his infectious time, support, and creativity, his distinct sound is a presence that compliments nearly any musical situation.
Noah has performed with world renowned artists such as Abdullah Ibrahim, Branford Marsails, The Marsalis Family, Hugh Masekela, Jazzmeia Horn, George Burton, JD Allen, Terrence Blanchard, Keyon Harold, Ravi Coltrane, Gloria Gaynor, and Winard Harper. Additionally, he’s performed in many prominent venues and jazz festivals including, but not limited to, Radio City Music Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Royal Albert Hall, The Library of Congress, Musical Instrument Museum, The Royal Conservatory (Toronto, ON), SFJAZZ, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Joy of Jazz (Johannesburg, South Africa), London Jazz Festival, Cape Town Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Nice Jazz Festival.
As a member of Abdullah Ibrahim’s quartet, Noah has recorded an improvised soundtrack for the John Irwin film- Mandela’s Gun which won a 2018 Harlem Film Festival Award for Best Soundtrack. As a bandleader, his jazz group Full Circle has performed in many venues around New York City and Detroit to well received audiences. His group recorded an album, “Contemplations: A Suite”, which has garnered critical praise. As a leader of the Ase string quartet, he was commissioned to compose and direct the quartet in a multidisciplinary collaborative art project- Practicing: Silence at Grace Farms under the direction of Kenyon Adams as part of their Practicing series alongside featured dancers from the American Ballet Theater.
Additionally, through his curation of workshops in Harlem- Uptown Composer’s Circle- Noah aims to expand musical possibilities for any creative to use in their craft and spread the joy of composing.
Noah currently resides in Harlem, New York City.