Debra Jackson Band

Debra Jackson Sings at Literacy Event With Linda Yu

Literacy Chicago, a local organization that helps adult achieve greater literacy skills, invited Debra and her keyboardist, James Edwards III, to perform at their April 20, 2012 fundraiser at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Broadcaster Linda Yu (ABC-7 news anchor) was on hand to present the keynote speech, as well as numerous luminaries from Chicago’s political and business spheres.

Literacy Chicago provides classes and tutoring for adults aimed at improving English reading fluency, helping students be better prepared to work and enjoy greater well being.

Literacy Chicago With Linda Yu

Literacy Chicago With Linda Yu

Inside Program of Literacy Chicago Event

Inside Program of Literacy Chicago Event

RIP: Johnny “JJ” Jackson

Johnny Jackson

Johnny "JJ" Jackson (1953 - 2011)

It’s with sadness in my heart that I inform you of the death of Johnny “JJ” Jackson. Often compared to Luther Vandross, Johnny was one of Chicago’s most outstanding soul/R&B singers.

Johnny was Debra’s husband of 32 years.

As I write this at one in the morning, his funeral will take place later today. I’ll post more details about his life and family if they become available.

–dave

Selected performances from late 1990s video

Johnny “JJ” Jackson Sings from David Lenef on Vimeo.

Website Launch: DebraJacksonBand.com

On behalf of Debra, I’m really pleased to announce this brand new website. She’s gonna need it, with all the rehearsing and networking in 2011, setting the stage to bust out on the Chicago music scene (and beyond) in 2012.