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 his 2012 induction into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame, Jackson's music moves effortlessly from blues to soul to jazz to funk to gospel and beyond.
Jackson has arranged, recorded, performed, produced, and written music for a wide range of musical icons. He played guitar on B.B. King's Grammy-winning Blues Summit and has worked with Cassandra Wilson, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Blue Bland, Koko Taylor, Irma Thomas, Harry Connick Jr., Philip Bailey (of Earth Wind and Fire), Johnnie Taylor, and Henry Butler, to name a few. His music can be found in a number of cinematic productions, such as PBS's Martin Scorsese-produced The Blues, BBC's Later...with Jools Holland, Starz Encore Cable's Last of the Mississippi Jukes, and HBO's Treme.
In addition, Jackson has released five solo CDs, including Mississippi Burner, No Borders to the Blues, and New Orleans: Rhythm Soul Blues. His DVD releases include Live in Poland and Vasti Jackson Celebrates the Birthplace of America's Music.
Though rooted in the American South, his music is appreciated around the world. In 2013, Jackson played festivals in ten countries and performed at the United Nations.