From the earliest age David adored music; by the age of 5 he was singing and playing small wooden flutes made by his elder brother, at age 7 he was taught singing, piano and flute, winning many flute prizes, but by the age of 13 the saxophone took over his life.
David taught himself the alto saxophone and practiced every day for hours, eventually learning to play two saxophones at once. By the time David reached 17, he was playing in a Traditional Jazz Band and a Rhythm and Blues Band - in a school that only allowed Classical Music, these were three good reasons for David Jackson being marked out as being a bit different from the crowd!
David studied Psychology at St. Andrews University in Scotland and whilst there he played in pubs around four nights every week, working with many local musicians, some of whom later became ‘The Average White Band’.
After graduating, David was drawn back together with old school friends in England and set about a getting a recording deal with a band in Oxford and after a year of struggle, David got a call from Judge Smith, a founder member of Van der Graaf Generator. In London, David soon met Peter Hammill and was soon drawn into the most perfect band for his writing and quite unique style of playing saxophones and flutes.
Between 1969 and 1972, Van der Graaf Generator saw remarkable success receiving universal acclaim and found the band on the road playing hundreds of concerts across Europe and recording albums for a growing progressive rock audience. The band broken up in 1972 but reformed in 1975 (and again in 2005). In between times gave David the chance to settle down and start a family.
During 1981, David trained as a teacher in mathematics and special needs and in 1991, whilst David was leading a music project for disabled people, he discovered Soundbeam which dominated his career for about 27 years. David is now an international consultant in music technology and disability.
The great success of the 2005 re-union of Van der Graaf Generator led to a delightful re-awakening of David’s career as an international Prog Rock musician. He now plays for The David Cross Band and now has a further new project, ‘Cross and Jackson’ bringing violin and sax/flute to the fore!