Paul Jackson Jr.
Jackson in 2008
Background information
Birth namePaul Milton Jackson Jr.
Born (1959-12-30) December 30, 1959 (age 61)
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • guitarist
  • producer
  • Guitar
  • bass guitar
Years active1976–present
Associated acts

Paul Milton Jackson Jr. (born December 30, 1959)[1] is an American fusion/urban jazz composer, arranger, producer and guitarist. He was born and raised in Los Angeles. Jackson knew by the age of fifteen that he wanted to become a professional musician. He attended the University of Southern California, majoring in music.

In addition to being a recording artist in his own right, Jackson is also a highly accomplished L.A. session player, with a career spanning multiple decades. He has supported artists ranging from Michael Jackson (no relation)[2] (on the albums Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, HIStory and Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix) to the Temptations, Whitney Houston,[2] Alexander O'Neal, Five Star (on the album Silk and Steel), Howard Hewett, Thomas Anders, Patti LaBelle and Luis Miguel, to rockers such as Chicago and Elton John, to jazz-oriented players such as George Duke, George Benson, Dave Koz, Al Jarreau, David Benoit, Marcus Miller and Kirk Whalum, and to Christian artists such as Leon Patillo and Don Moen.

In 2013 it was revealed he contributed to several tracks on the album, Random Access Memories by Daft Punk and UK based singer songwriter Birdy's second album Fire Within. He also played guitar on Lisa Stansfield's 2014 album, Seven.

Jackson can be seen playing guitar in a wide variety of styles on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and American Idol.[3]


As leader

Session musician credits

With Amy Grant

With Barry Manilow

With Chicago

With David Sanborn

With Luther Vandross

With Steely Dan

With Dionne Warwick

With Deniece Williams

With Carole Bayer Sager

With Stephanie Mills

With Carole King

With Billy Preston

With Elton John

With Anita Baker

With Michael McDonald

With Kenny Rogers

With Sheena Easton

With Michael Bolton

With Céline Dion

With Jeffrey Osborne

With Solomon Burke

With Patti LaBelle

With Glenn Medeiros

With Jewel

With José Feliciano

With Patti Austin

With Jon Anderson

With Philip Bailey

With Oleta Adams

With Syreeta Wright

With Jennifer Rush

With Ray Parker Jr.

With Bette Midler

With Stephen Bishop

With Peabo Bryson

With B.B. King

With Madonna

With Roberta Flack

With Frankie Valli

With Belinda Carlisle

With Teena Marie

With Paul Anka

With Rod Stewart

With Joan Baez

With Natalie Cole

With Amanda Marshall

With Chaka Khan

With Boz Scaggs

With Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

With Aretha Franklin

With Brenda Russell

With Thelma Houston

With Leonard Cohen

With Luis Miguel

With Al Jarreau

With George Benson

With Randy Crawford

With Barbra Streisand

With Anastacia

With Lisa Stansfield

With Cheryl Lynn

With Paul Young

With Irene Cara

With Minnie Riperton

With Corinne Bailey Rae

With Donald Byrd

With Aaron Neville

With Kenny Loggins

With Glenn Frey

With Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright

With Don Moen

With Michael Franks

With Laura Branigan

With Gloria Gaynor

With Bill Withers

With Ron Kenoly

With Donna Summer

With Melissa Manchester

With The Jackson 5

With Lalo Schifrin

With Lionel Richie

With Michael Jackson


  1. ^ "Paul Jackson Jr. – Rocking Steady"
  2. ^ a b Vogel, Joachim (1995). Masters of Rhythm Guitar, p. 93. AMA Verlag.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 26, 2010. Retrieved August 21, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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