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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Professor
Pianist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pie (Apple)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/11/1933
Birth Location:
Providence, Rhode Island

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Professor
Pianist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pie (Apple)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/11/1933
Birth Location:
Providence
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Biography

Musical prodigy, concert pianist, and educator Raymond Thompson Jackson, Jr. was born on December 11, 1933 in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother and father were beauticians and ran a successful beauty business out of their Providence home. Many of the shampoos and oils used on clients were hand-made by his mother. Jackson’s musical talent surfaced at an early age, and by the time he was six years old he could play the piano and read music. When he graduated from Hope High School in 1951, in addition to the piano, he played the bass, violin and organ. While at Hope he also was active in the orchestra, the band and the Young Artists Club. He was awarded the Hope Key for his many musical activities and achievements during high school.

From 1951 until 1955, Jackson attended the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He and fellow classmate, Coretta Scott King, were among a handful of African Americans who attended the Conservatory. Jackson earned a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Piano Performance in 1955. In addition to graduating first in his class he was the recipient of the Conservatory’s highest award, the “George Whitfield Chadwick Medal.” In 1957, Jackson earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Piano from the renowned Julliard School of Music in New York. He went on to receive his Masters of Science and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Julliard in 1959 and 1973 respectively.

Jackson studied in France at the American Conservatory of Music from 1960 until 1961. After studying in France, he worked as an organist and choir director for several churches in New Jersey until 1973. In 1963, Jackson received a fellowship that allowed him to perform a series of debut piano recitals in Vienna, London, Stockholm, Geneva and Munich. He immediately captured the hearts and applause of European audiences.

In 1970, Jackson began teaching music at the collegiate level as an adjunct professor at The Mannes College of Music in New York City and Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. In 1977, Jackson was offered a faculty position at Howard University, Washington, D.C., where he is a Full Professor and continues to teach piano and serve as Coordinator for student and faculty performances.

Jackson has been the recipient of numerous awards and has won top honors in national and international piano competitions. He was the first African American and musician to be inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Raymond Jackson describes his childhood and his love and his beginning with the piano
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Raymond Jackson describes his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Raymond Jackson describes his earliest childhood memories and the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Raymond Jackson reminisces about his childhood neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Raymond Jackson describes race relations in Providence, Rhode Island during his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Raymond Jackson talks about Doyle Avenue Elementary School in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Raymond Jackson describes his relationship with his disabled sister Addie
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Raymond Jackson recalls his early dreams and love for music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Raymond Jackson describes his years at Nathan Bishop Middle School and Hope High School in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Raymond Jackson describes his extracurricular activities at Hope High School in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Raymond Jackson describes his piano teacher and mentor at the New England Conservatory of Music, Jeannette Giguere
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Raymond Jackson describes the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and compares it to New York City's Julliard School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Raymond Jackson describes the community of minority students and his achievements at the New England Conservatory of Music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Raymond Jackson recalls the talent at New York City's Julliard School and its effect on him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Raymond Jackson describes gaining recognition on the New York City music scene and graduating from the Juilliard School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Raymond Jackson describes studying music in France and performing throughout Europe as an African American
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Raymond Jackson recalls the positive reception of black artists by European audiences and the differences between today's pianos and those of eighteenth-century Europe
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Raymond Jacksons remembers his performance at the 1965 Marguerite Long Piano Competition
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Raymond Jackson recalls teaching at the Mannes College of Music in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Raymond Jackson explains his decision to teach at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Raymond Jackson reflects upon student attitudes at Howard University about music careers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Raymond Jackson describes his mission to educate African Americans about classical music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Raymond Jackson describes what it takes to prepare for a successful recital
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Raymond Jackson reflects on the importance of training, practice and theory to music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Raymond Jackson describes the role of music and arts in schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Raymond Jackson describes the women who have impacted his life and career, including his mother, his teachers, and Josephine Heathman
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Raymond Jackson reflects upon his life, his plans, and what he would do differently
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Raymond Jackson talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Raymond Jackson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Raymond Jackson gives advice for aspiring musicians and describes what he likes about the piano and the organ
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Raymond Jackson narrates his photographs