Born: October 20, 1959, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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Vasti (pronounced Vast-Eye) Jackson is a consummate performer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. From his early beginnings playing in church and juke joints in McComb, Mississippi, to festivals, Concerts, and theatres around the world. Vasti moves effortlessly from Blues to Soul to Jazz to Funk to gospel, and beyond. His talent has been enlarged by an amazing array of musical experiences over 35 years of his vibrant career. Jackson’s Recordings No Borders to the Blues, Live In Nashville and “Mississippi Burner present audio buffets of Vasti´s limitless energy and boundless imagination. It spotlights his talents as singer, and composer, and his utterly thrilling guitar mastery. Rooted in the music of Mississippi and Louisiana, Jackson recorded on B.B. King’s Grammy award winning Blues Summit in 1994. In the 1980s and early 1990s he was session guitarist for Malaco Records (Mississippi) and Alligator Records (Chicago), Musical director and guitarist for ZZ Hill, Johnnie Taylor, Denise LaSalle, Little Milton, Bobby Bland, and Swamp queen Katie Webster. He also worked with gospel greats – including the Williams Brothers, The Jackson Southernaires, and Daryl Coley. Festivals and international tours have taken him to Japan, Germany, France, Greece, South Africa, Holland, Sweden, Poland, Uruguay, Argentina, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Sicily, Norway, Finland, England, Ireland, Tunisia, Uruguay, Brazil, and Portugal. Jackson has been featured in Guitar Player Magazine, Living Blues, Nothing But the Blues, Juke Blues (England), Blues Revue, and many other publications. He has performed on Dan Akroyd’s House of Blues Radio Hour, the Starz Encore Network, WGN-TV in Chicago, and PBS. He has performed, written, produced, and recorded music for HBO, VH1, Mississippi Educational Television, the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), and radio and television programs in Australia, Uruguay, Finland, and Canada.