THE BIOGRAPHY OF JACKSON STOCK

 

Jackson Stock grew up in Monterey, California, in a musical family where both parents were accomplished musicians.   At an early age he was an integral part of the family group, the Abalone Stompers that went on to develop quite a local reputation.   In his early twenties, Jackson attended San Francisco State College where he began the study of music theory.   Upon receiving a scholarship from the Down Beat magazine, Stock transferred to Berklee College of Music in 1969 when he was 25.   It was here that he met Herb Pomeroy among other Berklee luminaries.   Jackson participated in and wrote for many ensembles, including the famed Berklee recording band and a group that featured Charlie Mariano, Abraham Laboriel and Gary Anderson.   It was also during this time that Jackson met the founder of Walking In Beauty , Harry Blazer.    Upon graduating, Jackson was a Levy Award winner along with Hal Crook, signifying that they were regarded as the top composers and arrangers of their graduating class.   So it was not surprising that upon his graduation Jackson was offered a teaching job with Berklee and for three years taught arranging, composition, counterpoint and ear training. Over the next thirty years, Jackson spent time in New England, Las Vegas, Monterey and Los Angeles playing and writing for many well-known artists.    He has received recent acclaim for his arrangements and compositions for Carl Saunders, which are featured on a number of Carl's recent CDs.