Jackson, D.D. [Robert Cleanth Kai-Nen ]
- S. Timothy Maloney
[Robert Cleanth Kai-Nen ]
(b Ottawa, ON, Jan 25, 1967). Jazz pianist and composer with dual Canadian-American citizenship. Of mixed African American and Chinese heritage, he was called Di-di (Mandarin Chinese for “little brother”) at home. He studied classical piano at Indiana University (BMus 1989), jazz at the Manhattan School of Music (MM 1991), and later had private tuition with jaki Byard and Don Pullen in New York, where he has lived since 1989. He began playing with David Murray and Billy Bang in the early 1990s and has played frequently with Murray in both small-group and big-band settings since then. He has toured internationally and has performed with such notable musicians as Nat Adderley, Jack DeJohnette, Dewey Redman, and James Spaulding. A virtuoso who recorded Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for Summit Records in 2002, Jackson has also made 9 albums of mostly his own material for RCA and Justin Time ...