About The Jazz Mind

The Jazz Mind seeks to provide a platform for musicians, record companies, authors and publishers of books, educational institutions and other organizations to get their message and work in front of the jazz audience worldwide by creating content utilizing print, audio and video mediums through the internet and various other delivery systems.  The Jazz Mind seeks to become a repository of content for professionals as well as lay people who seek to learn more about jazz and the business of jazz.

The Jazz Mind is the creation of Bobby Jackson, a veteran jazz broadcaster with almost three decades of experience in the business of jazz.

About Bobby Jackson

Bobby, Xavier, and Lisa-Jean at the Bhus'His work includes a seven year tenure (1987 – 1994) as show host/program/music director for WCLK-FM in Atlanta, Ga where he earned the first of three GAVIN National Jazz Person of the Year Awards.

Jackson has served the Northeast Ohio community for 15 years (1994 to 2009) as host/music director/producer for WCPN-FM/WVIZ-TV ideastream producing radio and television shows, live and in-studio, guest lecturing classes from kindergarten through undergraduate collegiate level as well as youth detention centers. He has worked with The Cleveland Museum of Art, North East Ohio Jazz Society, Cleveland International Film Festival, Cain Park Festival, Detroit Jazz Fest, Tri-C Jazz Fest, Lakeland Community College Jazz Fest, Oberlin Conservatory, Cleveland Music School Settlement, Newport Jazz Festival, International Association of Jazz Educators, GAVIN Seminars, Jazz Week Seminars, elected board member of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, served as a committee member of Jazz On The Circle and Musical Arts Association, consulted music programming for New Life Community etc.

He has consulted programming for numerous stations across the country including WJSU-FM Jackson, MS, WSHA-FM Raleigh, NC, WFSS-FM, Fayetteville, NC, WSSB-FM, Orangeburg, SC and WRVS-FM Elizabeth City, NC.

Jackson was invited to co-host a national broadcast of the Detroit International Jazz Festival in ’00 (WEMU-FM/WDET-FM).

His list of other awards and activities include …

  • Teaches Jazz History class at Cleveland Music School Settlement (12'- Present)
  • Guest lectured at Cleveland Music School Settlement (11', 12')
  • Served as an adjunct Professor at Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Fall /2011)
  • Served as host for Planet Jazz TV at the 2010 and 2011 Detroit International Jazz Festivals
  • Recipient of Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award at 2010 Jazz Week conference in Rochester, NY
  • Finalist for Marian McPartland / Willis Conover Award for Excellence in Broadcasting by Jazz Journalist’s Association
  • Orchestrated all workshops and panels for Jazz Week Seminar in Rochester, NY (’09, ’10', 11', 12')
  • One of 20 Awardees selected from a nationwide pool to attend the Multi-Cultural Producer’s Forum at the Public Radio Conference in San Antonio, TX (’93),
  • 1997 Latino Award recipient
  • GAVIN National Jazz Radio Person of the year (’94, ’95 and ’97)  Nominee in (’96, ’98 and ’99),
  • Communicator’s Award – National Crystal Award of Excellence (’98)
  • Ohio Educational Telecommunications Award for Best Cultural Arts Weekly Series (Jazz Tracks ’97, ’98) and Program of The Year (’97)
  • Nominee for Achievement in Radio Award for Jazz Tracks as Best Weekly series (’99, ’00)
  • Finalist of Northern Ohio Live magazine’s Award of Achievement for radio magazine Jazz Tracks in Radio/TV/Film category (’01)
  • Moderated and served on numerous panels at Jazz Week, GAVIN and IAJE conventions (’93-’09)
  • Consulted Clayton State College Summer Jazz Series (’93)
  • Music and arts funding panelist for Southern Arts Federation for Jazz South project ’91-’94)
  • Founding member of the Atlanta Jazz Society

Jackson has written numerous articles and liner notes for recordings for musicians including NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson, Tom Browne, Cecilia Smith, Eric Gould, Kathy Kosins, Mark Vinci, Straight Ahead, Eddie Jefferson, Maria Jacobs, Pat Martino, Bill Ransom, Helen Sung, Jay D’Amico, Ben Sidran, and 2010 NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis.