Jack & Hill Music’s band personnel begins with it’s co-leader, Jason Jackson (trombonist) who has been a member of the multi Grammy Award winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra for over 10 years.  He is the lead trombonist in the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band,  the Roy Hargove Big Band and the Charles Tolliver Big Band.During his tenure with these ensembles, he has worked with many other well known artists, including Slide Hampton, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Heath, Ron Carter, Ray Charles, Illinois Jacquet, Randy Newman, Charles Mingus Big Band, Maria Schneider, Lennie Kravitz, Barry Manilow, Natalie Cole and James Brown to name a few.

Jason has been a member of the Tony Award winning shows, Motown the Musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Color Purple, and Wonderful Town.  He has  also played in the orchestras of many other Broadway hits including  The Producers, Spamalot, South Pacific, Chorus Line, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Wild Party, Miss Saigon, Chicago, Curtains, and Cats.

Jason is dedicated to music education of the youth.  He has been on the auxiliary faculty at the City College of New York Music Department and teaches privately.

Jason earned his  Master’s Degree in Jazz and Commercial Music from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Steve Turre.   He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from  the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he  studied with J.J. Johnson, Pat Hollaran, and Raymond Premru.

A native of Southern California, Jason’s debut album “Going Home” (Jacemus Records) features his original compositions and him as bandleader.  His sophomore CD “Inspiration” (2014) has been welcomed by rave reviews.

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Rosena M. Hill Jackson (vocalist) recently performed with Patti LaBelle, Vanessa Williams, Tony Braxton, Baby Face, K.D.Lang, and Fantasia in the Broadway production After Midnight.  And Carousel with the New York Philharmonic for PBS “Live at Lincoln Center”.

As a concert soloist, Rosena, has performed at Carnegie Hall  with The New York Pops; Teatro di Massimo Symphony Orchestra in Palermo, Sicily ; Teatro di Lirico Symphony Orchestra and chorus in, Sardegna, ;   Memphis Symphony Orchestra , Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Florida Sunshine Pops,Long Island Philharmonic, Sarasota Symphony and Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.

On Broadway , Rosena, performed Come Fly Away (Featured Vocalist); The Color Purple (Church Lady) with Fantasia; Monty Python’s Spamalot (lady of the Lake) withTim Curry, David Hyde Pierce, Hank Azaria, Christopher Sieber; Imaginary Friends (Mrs. Stillman) with Swoosie Kurtz and Cherry Jones;  Oklahoma (Ellen) 2002 revival with Patrick Wilson, Andrea Martin and Shuler Hensley;  Riverdance on Broadway (Amanzi soloist);  Marie Christine (Ophelia) with Audra McDonald and Vivian Reed and  Ragtime (Sarah’s Friend) with LaChanze. On the 1st National tour of Ragtime , Rosena performed the role of Sarah.  Off- Broadway in  Cotton Club Parade (Trio) at City Center with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Lost in the Stars (Mrs. Mckezie )at City Center;  Tin Pan Alley Rag (Monisha, Miss Lee, the Librarian and Nedda) at the Roundabout; and tIn Gathering. Regional credits include  in And the World Goes Round (Women 1) at Pittsburgh Public Theater,  Man Of La Mancha (Aldonza)at White Plains Performing Arts Center,  Baby (Pam) at Papermill Playhouse,  Dreamgirls (Michelle) at San Jose Repertory Theatre, Sacramento’s California Musical Theatre , Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre and North Carolina Theater, Lucky Stiff (Dominique du Monaco) at the York Theatre,  Imaginary Friends (Soloist)at the Globe Theatre; Cinderella, Chess, Gypsy, Kiss Me Kate, and La Cage aux Folles  with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera,  Ballad of Baby Doe (Meg) with the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh,  Aint’ Misbehavin (Armelia) at Playhouse on the Green, Brief History of White Music at Hanna Theater Cabaret , 1001 Nights (Sophie) at George Street Playhouse,  Mandela (Winnie Mandela) at Crossroads, Carmen and La Boheme with the Sarasota Opera .  Rosena has performed internationally for three seasons with Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers & Band touring in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Hungary  and the Netherlands as a featured soloist.

A native of Sarasota, Florida, Rosena’s debut CD If You Believe , combines the styles of jazz, gospel, and show tunes in honor of her late father.  Rosena and her husband, Grammy award winning trombonist,  Jason Jackson, lead Jack&Hill Music.  They perform original compositions, arrangements of jazz, standards and the American Songbook.

images-4Born in 1963, Cyrus Chestnut started his musical career at the age of three, playing piano at the Mount Calvary Star Baptist Church at the age of six in his hometown of Baltimore, MD. By age nine, he was studying classical music at the Peabody Preparatory Institute in Baltimore. In the fall of 1981, Cyrus began jazz education in Boston, MA at the Berklee College of Music. In 1985, he earned a degree in jazz composition and arranging. While at Berklee, Chestnut was awarded the Eubie Blake Fellowship, the Oscar Peterson, Quincy Jones, and Count Basie awards for exceptional performance standards at the college. After Berklee, Cyrus began further honing his craft as a sideman with some of the legendary and leading musicians in the business. Some of these great people include; Jon Hendricks, Michael Carvin, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard, , Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Regina Cater, Chick Corea, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Joe Williams, Isaac Hayes, Kathleen Battle, Betty Carter and, Dizzy Gillespie just to name a few. His association with Betty Carter, which began in 1991 significantly affected his outlook and approach to music, confirming his already iconoclastic instincts.

Chestnut continually tours with his trio, playing live at jazz festivals around the world as well as clubs and concert halls. With his hectic schedule, Cyrus has also found the time to get into jazz education, doing seminars worldwide and also on occasion, educating students in jazz at Middlebury College in Vermont during the winter months.


Jennifer Vincent, bassist and cellist, has been an active force on the music scene in New York City for well over a decade. She plays and has played and toured with the likes of Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, the famed Boy’s Choir of Harlem, Willie Martinez y La Familia, Son Sublime, the Xavier Cougat Orchestra, the Roberto Rodriguez Septet, Carmen Lundy, Harry Whitteaker (longtime artistic director and keyboardist for Roberta Flack), Jon Hendricks, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and many other jazz and Latin notables.

Jennifer, who started as a classically-trained cellist at Oberlin Conservatory, is equally comfortable in the jazz, Latin-jazz, and traditional Cuban musical idioms. Her bass teachers include jazz icon Ron Carter, Andy Gonzales, Ed Bennett, Buster Williams, and Cuban bass legend Orlando “Cachaito” Lopez of the Buena Vista Social Club, with whom she traveled to Cuba to study with

MICHAEL KARN band personnel jack and hill music

Michael Karn, tenor saxophonist and double bassist has been involved in the New York jazz scene for more than 20 years, and in that time he has worked with many of the music worlds most creative artists.

Not content to work strictly as a sideman, Karn is a bandleader and composer in his own right. His groups have been featured at many of New Yorks finest clubs, and at festivals and universities around the country. Michael has recorded two CDs as a leader, both on the Criss Cross Jazz label.

Michael is also active as an educator. For twelve years he has served on the jazz faculty at New School University,

JEREMY "BEAN" CLEMONS band personnel jack and hill music

St. Louis, MO native, Jeremy ‘BEAN’ Clemons gained his first experiences with music at a young age through participation in the Royalaires Drum and Bugle Corps. This was an organization formed by his grandmother after many years of her participation with other Drum and Bugle Corps throughout the St. Louis area.

Jeremy attended North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC, where he earned a BM and BA in Jazz Studies. During his stay at NCCU, he continued studying drum set, harmony, arranging and composition, and higher levels of jazz theory, under the tutelage of Ira Wiggins, Arnold George, and Thomas Taylor.

Jeremy is currently co-leading the band Soul Understated with award winning vocalist/composer, and fellow NCCU graduate, Mavis ’SWAN’ Poole. Somewhat of a dream for Clemons and Poole, Soul Understated is a band that features a diverse and eclectic mix of musical forces. Through Soul Understated, Jeremy is able to display his talents not only as a drummer, but also as a bandleader, composer, and producer.

NEAL SMITH band personnel jack and hill music

Born and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Neal Smith has been playing drums since the age of five. By the time he completed high school he had achieved a remarkable list of performance accomplishments and earned an impressive array of awards, scholarships, and honors. With the support of his family, Neal continued his studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and Performance, the first African-American to earn a degree in Jazz Studies from the Conservatory.

Neal performs regularly in clubs and concert halls, at colleges and universities, and at U.S. and International Jazz Festivals.

Neal leads his own group, which performs original compositions as well as classic arrangements of jazz standards.

Neal also performs regularly with internationally recognized artists and has shared the stage with the likes of Tom Harrell, Anita Baker, Geri Allen, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Sonny Fortune, Jimmy Owens, Eddie Harris, Isaac Hayes, Gary Bartz, Benny Golson, Donald Harrison, Frank Morgan, Brian Lynch, Benny Green, Cyrus Chestnut, Frank Foster, Dewey Redman, Mark Whitfield, Ronnie Mathews, Rufus Reid, Wendel Logan, James Moody, Marlena Shaw, and Vanessa Rubin.

Beyond performing, Neal loves to teach developing drummers. He is currently an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music.

Recognizing the need for a record label that focuses exclusively on the production of jazz recordings, Neal founded the NASMusic label.

DAVID WONG band personnel jack and hill music

Bassist David Wong was born and raised in New York City.  In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School in classical music. He has studied with Orin O’Brien (New York Philharmonic), Ron Carter, Ben Wolfe, and John Clayton.  He is currently a member of Roy Haynes’ “Fountain of Youth” band, The “Heath Brothers” Quartet, led by jazz legends Jimmy Heath and Albert “Tootie” Heath, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.  He was also the last bass player in Hank Jones’ “Great Jazz Trio” and is featured on the piano master’s last recording.  He has performed in many of the major concert halls and jazz clubs throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.  David can also be seen performing with Brian Lynch’s “Unsung Heroes Project”, Ralph Lalama’s “Bop Juice”, the Jeb Patton Trio, the Dan Nimmer Trio, the Aaron Diehl Trio, Dmitry Baevsky, and Sachal Vasandani.

He has recorded with Hank Jones, Jimmy Heath, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Benny Green, Dick Oatts, Joe Magnerelli, Wycliffe Gordon, Russell Malone, Brian Lynch, John Marshall, Grant Stewart, and Dmitry Baevsky.  Some of the musicians he has performed with are Clark Terry, Frank Wess, Joe Wilder, Jimmy Wormworth, Illinois Jacquet, Lou Donaldson, Barry Harris, Slide Hampton, Andy Bey, Steve Kuhn, Bill Charlap, Bennie Wallace, Wynton Marsalis, Terell Stafford, Gary Smulyan, Eric Reed, Michael Weiss, Kenny Washington, and Lewis Nash.

AMEEN SALIM band personnel jack and hill music

Bassist, Ameen Saleem, was born July 2, 1979, and raised in Washington, DC. He now resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Ameen says about his involvement in the Arts…

“I’m a chill, laid back person until I get a bass in my hand… then it’s on. Love, love, love music and anything art related. People often ask what kind of music do I play. I respond, “I play bass.” All genres are fair game. If I don’t know the genre, I’ll improvise, listen, and find my way into the groove.”

He goes on to say, “Born and raised in DC. Proud of that. I love my city. But I also love to travel. You

never know where I’ll be. I go a little bit of everywhere through music. The only way to know me really is to meet me or some of my close friends. I have many. I’m a people person. No enemies that I know of.”

Ameen graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 1997. He went on to attend North Carolina Central University from 1997-2001. He majored in Music Performance, earning a Bachelor’s Degree. He performed in the Jazz Ensemble and was Musical Director of the Choir Ball. From 2002-2005, Ameen attended Cuny Queens College in Flushing, New York, earning a Master’s Degree, majoring in Music Performance.

Recently, Ameen Saleem has been touring extensively across the US, Europe and Japan with The Roy Hargrove Quintet and the Roy Hargrove Big Band.

Source: Kandie Le Britain Webster, Contributing Editor