Born and raised in Jazz, Duffy Jackson has been performing since the age of four, when his father, legendary Jazz Bassist, Chubby Jackson, gave him his first set of drums. “He had a fantastic feeling for rhythms”, remarked the elder Jackson; whose own rhythmic pulse sparked the Woody Herman Orchestra during the 1940’s.
By the age of ten, Duffy had built up quite a reputation as the “Jazz Wonderkind”, making national television appearances on “I’ve Got a Secret”, “The Mike Douglas Show” and other shows. The day after high school graduation, Jackson packed his bags for California to play a three-week stint at Shelly’s Mannhole with Milt Jackson and Ray Brown. On the heels of that engagement, he hopped a plane for New York to record with Monty Alexander. By his 18th birthday, Jackson was touring the country with Lena Horne. At 20 he was performing in concert with Sammy Davis, Jr., appearing in the popular weekly TV show, “Sammy & Company”. Since that time Duffy Jackson’s powerful, swinging style has driven such big name bands as Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton and Illinois Jacquet. He’s also performed with such Jazz legends as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Buddy Rich and Harry “Sweets” Edison to name a few.
In addition to his extensive performance and recording experiences, Duffy has been active as an educator, teaching at the University of Miami, Youngstown University, Valdosta State College, and Florida Atlantic University. He has served as guest artist/educator for the Collegiate Band Program at Walt Disney World. He conducts rhythm section and improvisational workshops for elementary, high school and college students and frequently holds Master classes for working drummers as well.