"You will get your opportunity. Extraordinary is out there... it just has to meet your hard work!" -WILL JAXX
Willie Jacks, also known by the stage name WILL JAXX, is an American, Urban Jazz recording artist, musician, and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. 2nd cousin to Disco First Lady, Cheryl Mason Jacks (The Ritchie Family), Mr. JAXX is best known for his silky tone, lyricism, and slick virtuosity.
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 Music Performance under the legendary Dr. Philip Jameson. After a year studying the Classical repertoire and performing with the UGA & Athens Symphony Orchestras, he decided to press pause on the academics to make inroads into the Music Industry.
WILL JAXX spent about a decade performing as a theater musician for a number of off-Broadway plays, as well as 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 panorama, where 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 many as a creative milestone for modern trombone recordings. Later that year, the self proclaimed "King Of The Slide" would win an AHME Award for Hottest Jazz Musician and earn his monicker "The Dope Trombone Boi".
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 allows him to showcase his ardent love of Classical Music and continue to gain notoriety as a feature Hip-Hop Artist for names such as Cardi B, Migos, 2Chainz, Rod Wave, Big KRIT, and Mike-WILL Made It. During the orchestra’s off season, Mr. JAXX maintains a full recording schedule in Atlanta for TV/Film. He became a cast member in Eddie Murphy’s blockbuster sequel “Coming 2 America” and, more recently, finished shooting a music video with legendary Hip-Hop group, Goodie Mob, for the single "4 My Ppl" off their new album Survival Kit. Mr. JAXX is now working on music for a new, sophomore release with his newest curation, The Southernplayalistics Brass Band. His music truly stretches the fabric of what we call Jazz. But you be the judge--grab a copy and take a listen today, then experience for yourself the aura & swagger that is... WILL JAXX!