"Everyone makes mistakes. The uniqueness of the creative soul is what we do with those mistakes." -WILL JAXX
Willie Jacks, also known by the stage name WILL JAXX, is an American, Urban Jazz musician and songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio. He is the oldest of two siblings and a distant cousin of Disco First Lady, Cheryl Mason Jacks, one of the original members of the recording group, The Ritchie Family. Mr. JAXX is best known for his virtuosity on trombone, but he also plays the bass trumpet, tenor tuba, and auxiliary percussion.
As a toddler, WILL JAXX was immersed in a colorful soundscape created by phenomenal artists such as Al Green, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and the Modern Jazz Quartet. His musical ability began to quickly assert itself and by age 12, the trombone was his preferred method of expression.
During his formative years, Mr. JAXX studied with several masters of the instrument including: Mark McConnell (Atlanta Opera), Stephen Wilson (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), and Dr. Marvin Pryor (Cameo). This trifecta helped him develop exquisite technique, a gorgeous tone, and a uniquely captivating style—a style which would later garner him the Louis Armstrong Award for Jazz and induction into Who's Who in Music.
At age 18, he was commissioned as Composer & Feature Soloist for the World Premiere of "Beyond the Canebreaks: Moments in the Life of Harriet Tubman," which was performed by The Harry Bryce African American Dance Theatre. This allowed Mr. JAXX to stretch out creatively, while expanding his appreciation of the Fine Arts. He toured briefly with the Theatre before being accepted on a full scholarship to the University of Georgia, where he would study Classical Music Performance under the legendary Dr. Philip Jameson. He later left the University to make inroads into the Music Industry.
WILL JAXX spent a number of years playing behind Music legends Allen Toussaint, James Ingram, Angie Stone, and P.J. Morton. Then, after playing behind the likes of such luminaries, Mr. JAXX decided to step into the limelight to express his own creative vision. 2014 would give rise to his debut album, DICHOTOMY—a full-length musical calling card in which soulful vocalise on trombone is paired with superb live musicians, decadent vocals, and artful studio cuts to produce silky tracks that retain an urban sensibility. The album drew critical acclaim worldwide and was hailed by some as a milestone for modern trombone recordings. Later that year, the self proclaimed "Dope Trombone Boi" would win an AHME Award and claim the title of "Hottest Jazz Musician".
In 2016, WILL JAXX’s winning ways continued, as he won a Principal Chair in Orchestra Noir—the nation’s premier, all-Black symphony orchestra. This allowed him to both showcase his ardent love of Classical Music and continue to gain notoriety as both a sideman and feature artist. During the orchestra’s off season, Mr. JAXX maintains a full recording schedule in Atlanta for TV/Film, as well as for various major label artists like Big KRIT, Laura Reed, Mike-WiLL Made It, and Cardi B. Most recently, Mr. JAXX was a featured as a cast member in Eddie Murphy’s blockbuster film “Coming 2 America 2” and is now working on new music for a new, sophomore release. And he always suggests that one take in his album and music in order to experience the sound and the swagger that is... WILL JAXX!