Jackson FitzGerald is a 2014 – 2015 SJW Jazz Mentor and is entering his second year as an SJW faculty member. He has had an active role in music education and outreach since the age of 15. He has arranged performances for the Boston Public School system and, most recently, served as an instructor in the West Suburban YMCA (Newton, MA) performing arts program. He is a co-author of Immoveable Shapes Musical Forms.
Jackson was awarded a scholarship his junior year of high school to attend the Berklee College of Music, graduating with a degree in Guitar Performance in 2014. While at Berklee, he studied with Mick Goodrick, Julian Lage, and David Tronzo. In 2013, Berklee sponsored a performance of his original compositions at Atlantic Wharf in Boston, and he shared the stage with Meshell Ndegeocello at the Beantown Jazz Festival. In his senior year he held the guitar chair in the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Greg Hopkins, and performed with, among others, Dayna Stephens, Terrance Blanchard, and Antonio Sanchez.