Michael Jackson is an interdisciplinary artist immersed in journalism, photography, fine art printmaking, music performance and composition. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was awarded the James Nelson Raymond fellowship prize.
Continuing work started in London UK as jazz editor for the Guardian, Telegraph and Evening Standard, he has been a regular correspondent for New City, Downbeat, The Chicago Sun-Times and Jazzwise among other publications.
A member of the Chicago Photography Collective, his prolific photo work has been widely published and exhibited; he was nominated for the Lona Foote-Bob Parent Photography Award by the international Jazz Journalists Association in 2011 and 2012.
Also a saxophonist, Jackson leads an eclectic sextet Bangers and Mash and jazz trio Sweet Used to Be.
Active as an educator, he has taught at SAIC, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and Evanston Art Center among other institutions.