By TOM D’ANTONI // The music community of Oregon deeply mourns the loss of a great musician and an even greater man. Audio interview included.

Carlton Jackson, drummer, conductor, teacher, host and beloved. pillar of Oregon’s music community passed away over the weekend. No details for the moment. He had just turned sixty.


Matt Fleeger of KMHD wrote this today.

KMHD will preempt programming at 7 p.m. all week with The message, the show Carlton has been doing since 2009. Friday will be 6-8pm.

Peter Dammann, who has played with him for decades, summed it up in a Facebook post today:

You gently led me into the groove, made me feel fearless, helped me become the best version of myself as a guitarist that I have ever been. Thank you for your grace, your wisdom, your humor, your generous genius. The five years of Monday night that you spent with us here changed me in a way that a decade later I’m still discovering. I will be eternally grateful for every moment I was able to spend with you on the bandstand, CJ. TO TEAR APART

When OMN launched our Coffeeshop Conversations podcast, Carlton was one of the first guests. It is a comfort to hear his voice.

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