Douglas Jackson

Douglas Jackson

To mark the North Carolina Humanities Council's 40th anniversary, every month in 2012 we'll ask our friends to respond, within the context of the humanities, to these three words: THINK. SEE. FEEL. So far, their responses are as individual as they are.

Douglas Jackson

A native of Los Angeles, California, Douglas Jackson studied trumpet and received his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Music degrees from California State University, Los Angeles. As a graduate student, he toured and performed in Cuba with the CSULA Latin Jazz Ensemble. Douglas has performed at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival and the International Trumpet Guild’s Festival of Trumpets. In 2006 he joined the faculty of Elizabeth City State University, where he teaches trumpet, music business, and jazz ensemble. Prior to teaching, his music business experiences covered over two decades with responsibilities in music and film accounting, having worked on the royalty staff of Motown Records, A & M Records, and an eleven year stint with MGM Studios.


THINK:  Thinking is my green light.  When I stop thinking, I have a mental traffic jam, essentially a red light.  A red light keeps me from being creative, and free.  As a musician and teacher, I need the green light, my students need to see me in motion.  Thinking is my green light?

SEE:  I see the look in a student’s eyes when I introduce something new.  Last Thursday while  introducing the concept of music notation to my Intro to Music Literature class, their faces lit up when they realized the relationship between musical notes and fractions.  Seeing this would have made any teacher happy.

FEEL:  This semester the ECSU jazz ensemble will venture into early swing music.  To be specific, “King Porter Stomp” written by Jelly Roll Morton, arranged by Fletcher Henderson, for the Benny Goodman band.  My college jazz ensemble of nineteen year olds will have to feel what “Jelly Roll”  felt.  “King Porter Stomp” is therapeutic it just feels like the right time.    

More from Jackson on Jelly Roll Morton

My college jazz ensemble of nineteen year olds will have to feel what Jelly Roll felt. Jelly Roll Morton felt and heard the ragtime played in brothels, marching bands on Canal Street  and congo drums in Congo Square in New Orleans. He felt the beat, and in order to bring life to the music my nineteen year olds will have to feel the beat. The heartbeat of an early American music, Jazz."

Listen to "King Port Stomp" played by Jelly Roll Morton.

Douglas Jackson and the Humanities Council

Though based in Elizabeth City, Douglas Jackson travels statewide with the Humanities Council's Road Scholars program which includes over 70 speakers whose lectures focus on issues of history, literature, philosophy, ethics, religious studies, linguistics, jurisprudence, history and criticism of the arts, sociology, and certain aspects of social science. Programs are provided free to the public year round. Book a Road Scholar program for your community today.

Road Scholar Douglas Jackson presents:

Max Roach: Jazz Drummer and North Carolina Native

Trumpet and Cornet: Influences on Jazz