VASTI JACKSON is a soulful world renown guitarist, and vocalist whose presence captures an audience the moment he takes the stage. Vasti (pronounced Vast-Eye) Jackson is a consummate performer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. From his early beginnings playing in church, and juke joints in McComb, Mississippi, to festivals, Concerts, and theatres around the world. Vasti move effortlessly from Blues to Soul to Jazz to Funk to gospel, and beyond. As an artist, Vasti is known for sweat-drenched, soul-ripping performances marked by some of the most stunning and innovative guitar playing in Blues today. Vasti’s talent has been enlarged by an amazing array of musical experiences over 35 years of his vibrant career. Jackson’s Recordings “No Borders to the Blues”, “Live In Nashville” and “Mississippi Burner” present audio buffet of Vasti´s limitless energy and boundless imagination. It spotlights his talents as singer, and composer, and his utterly thrilling guitar mastery. Rooted in the music of Mississippi, and Louisiana Vasti Jackson recorded on B.B. King’s Grammy award winning Blues Summit in 1994. In the 1980s and early 1990s Vasti was session guitarist for Malaco Records (Mississippi) and Alligator Records (Chicago). Musical director, and guitarist ZZ Hill, Johnnie Taylor, Denise LaSalle, Little Milton, Bobby Bland, and Swamp queen Katie Webster. He also worked with gospel greats – including the Williams Brothers, The Jackson Southernaires, and Daryl Coley. Festivals and international tours have taken him to Japan, Germany, France, Greece, South Africa, Holland, Sweden, Poland, Uruguay, Argentina, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Sicily, Norway, Finland, England, Ireland, Tunisia, Uruguay, Brazil, and Portugal. Vasti Jackson has been featured in Guitar Player Magazine, Living Blues, Nothing But the Blues, Juke Blues (England), Blues Revue, and many other publications. He has performed on Dan Akroyd’s House of Blues Radio Hour, the Starz Encore Network, WGN-TV in Chicago, and PBS. He has performed, written, produced, and recorded music for HBO, VH1, Mississippi Educational Television, the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), and radio and television programs in Australia, Uruguay, Finland, and Canada. Vasti Jackson is professionalism at its best. He is a combination of talent, broad experience and versatility. His soulful and energetic performance takes the audience on a journey they will never forget.
Below is a small overview of Vasti’s musical journey:
2013 Featured on Blues Music Awards 2014 poster. 2013. Performed at the United Nations with Playing For Change.
2013 – 3rd time Headlining New Orleans Music Festival, and residency in Austria.
2013 – Filmed, and recorded music for the movie “Black Bird”.
2013 – Filmed ‘Three Face Of The Blues’ documentary.
2010 – November and December, tour France, belgium, Luxemborg, and Holland.
2010 – October, release new “Stimulus Man” CD, and special guest of The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise.
2009 – Vasti toured spain, Italy, Norway and Poland. And relased his “Mississippi Burner” CD.
2008 – Vasti performed in Italy, Tunisia, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Norway and England.
2007 – Vasti received the best blues guitarist award West Coast Blues Hall of Fame.
2007 – Vasti produced New Orleans jazz chanteuse Lisa Lynn’s “I’m No Angel” CD.
2006 – Vasti won the 32nd Annual Jackson Music Awards Bottleneck Blues Bar Award.
2006 – Vasti appeared in the Lifetime Television Network film “Infidelity” that featured his composition “Casion In The Cottonfield”.
2005 – Vasti performed as the balladeer in the Missississipi Opera production of “Gospel At Colonus”.
2004 – Vasti produced and composed for New Orleans piano legend Henry Butler’s Homeland CD for Basin Street Records.
2003 – Vasti was featured in Martin Scorsese seven part documentary “THE BLUES” performing an original titled “Train Rolling Blues”.
2003 – Vasti also composed and performed “America, Proud and Strong” with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and a 1,500-voice choir, for the Mississippi Public Broadcasting presentation, Mississippi, The Birthplace of America’s Music.
2002 – Vasti was featured as Narrator, composer, and performer in the Starz Encore Cable Documentary “Last of the Mississippi Jukes”.
2002 – Recorded on Cassandra wilson’s “Belly Of The Sun” CD which received Grammy Nomination for best jazz vocal.
2001 – Vasti coproduced the Bobby Rush “Hoochie Man” CD that was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues recording.
1999 – Vasti was featured actor, musical director, and compose two songs for the film Stop Breakin’ Down.
1998 – Vasti formed Roots Gospel Voices Of Mississippi, release the “Rooted and Real” CD, and tour Italy, Germany, Sicily, Switzerland, and Spain.