Bernard “BK” Jackson is an international-performing saxophonist, electrifying audiences across the globe with his unique playing style, energetic stage presence and unparalleled passion for music that touches the soul. A native of Tampa, Florida, he goes by the stage name “BK Jackson” and has crossed musical paths with industry giants such as B.B King, Bruno Mars, Brian McKnight, Hunter Hayes, Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Zac Brown Band and more. Most notably, BK spent three years touring domestically and abroad with musical icon Prince, performing timeless hits for sold out arenas night after night as a member of his 11-piece horn section, known as New Power Generation (NPG) Hornz. Currently, BK can be found rocking the stage with New Orleans, Louisiana, front man Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews as a member of the multi-talented musician’s touring band, Orleans Avenue. The group headlines tours around the world, bringing audiences a classic infusion of the New Orleans brass band sound, perfectly mixed with sonic rock, jazz and hip-hop influences. In addition to headlining their own sold out shows, the group has also opened for powerhouse acts such as The Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, and Hall & Oates.
As a child, BK first picked up the saxophone at the age of 11 and quickly began making a name for himself as a young performer to watch. Snagging numerous awards and recognitions for his undeniable talent and skillset, BK was voted as the Tampa Bay Entertainer of the Year (First Annual Black Diamond Award) and was the NAACP ACT-SO (Afro Academic Technological Scientific Olympics) Gold Medal Winner in the Music Instrumental/Contemporary Category. BK was also selected as a finalist in the Fifth Annual Capital Jazz Festival Challenge in Columbia, Maryland. He later went on to win that competition, becoming the youngest person to ever do so.
BK released his debut album in 2008, titled “On the Move.” Just 17 years old at the time and took the opportunity to showcase his dynamic writing abilities, co-writing most of the original tracks featured on the album. His single “Believe That” was spotlighted in the September 2008 Jazziz Magazine CD sampler with staff writers noting that he “sounds like a seasoned contemporary jazz veteran, rather than a high school student.” Currently, BK is working on the finishing touches of his sophomore album, entitled “Life of the Party.” He’s joined forces with hitmakers James Lloyd of Pieces of a Dream and Matt Edwards, former musical director for pop sensations such as the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. He plans to release the album in early 2017.
In addition to touring, BK is also currently enrolled at Florida A&M University, working to receive his degree in music industry and entertainment. BK is an initiate of the Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.