Jayson Jackson began his career in the Entertainment industry in the early 1990’s at Def Jam Records, where he was responsible for creating marketing campaigns for its top artists, which included a Grammy win for the song, ‘You’re All I Need To Get By;, by Method Man and Mary J Blige.
His expertise continued as head of marketing at Sean Combs, Bad Boy Entertainment in the late 90’s where he oversaw a staff of 25, budgeted and strategized the campaigns for Notorious BIG’s posthumous release “Life After Death”, Combs international hit “I’ll Be Missing You” and the multi-platinum album from Mase “Harlem World”.
Senior level executive stints at major labels Columbia Records, Elektra Records and Virgin Records gave Jackson the opportunity to exercise his gifts with talent like D’angelo, Pharrell Williams, En Vogue and Janet Jackson.
Having a strong connection to talent and understanding the nuances of dealing with record labels Jackson’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to manage a friend from his days as an intern at Columbia records. That friend happened to be Lauryn Hill and he guided her career though the launch and campaign of her solo debut Mis-Education of Lauryn Hill, which was nominated for 10 Grammy’s and won 5, including Album of the Year in 1999.
Jackson went on to manage, Slam Poet Champion, Sarah Jones. During that time he produced the off Broadway award-winning play, Bridge and Tunnel, in which, Meryl Streep served as executive producer.
The play moved to Broadway in 2006 where it garnered a special Tony Award. He also produced Lemon Anderssen’s County of Kings alongside Spike Lee at the Public Theater in 2010.
Around the same time Jackson was producing a play at the Public Theater the Dean of NYU’s Tisch School of Arts approached him about teaching at the University which led to the creation of a 12 week immersive music business course at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music called “Future Music Moguls” which was taught for 2 years and is still a foundation of the curriculum there. This led to a relationship between the University and Jackson that still bears fruit and most recently led to a very popular course Jackson created called “Sean Combs and His Impact on Popular Culture”.
The course examined the impact of hip-hop on mainstream culture and Combs contribution in particular.
Jackson began consulting with the Estate of Nina Simone in 2012. His dream of honoring her life and music came to fruition on film, when he began his work as producer on a Simone documentary in 2013.
The Nina Simone Documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” was bought by Netflix, had its world wide premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival as the opening night film and will be premiering on Netflix worldwide June 26, 2015.
Jackson was born and raised in Harlem, NYC where he currently resides in the same block & building he grew up in. He remains a devoted Yankees and Knick fan.