J.D. Jackson

J.D. Jackson is a classically trained actor, a theater professor, an aspiring stage director, and an award-winning audiobook narrator. His television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. The recipient of several audiobook awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri's Ghetto Cowboy, he was named one of AudioFile's Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013.

  • Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

    By Roxane Orgill

    Illustrated by Francis Vallejo

    Read by J.D. Jackson , Jason Linere White , Ron Butler and Bahni Turpin

    What happens when you invite as many jazz musicians as you can for a photo in 1950s Harlem?

    "...alive with the presence and skill of the musicians...Beyond being a glorious tribute to these jazz greats...[this] is also a phenomenal debut for Vallejo, whose dynamic acrylic and pastel images bring readers into the heart of the action of a day like no other." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

    Released Tue May 23 00:00:00 UTC 2017
    English, Unabridged

  • Speak of Me As I Am

    By Sonia Belasco

    Read by J.D. Jackson and Erin Spencer

    A moving story of grief, honesty, and the healing power of art.

    "Debut author Belasco adeptly captures the tribulations of high school life while also celebrating art's ability to help clarify and contextualize its joys and sorrows...The novel's most intriguing character...is grief itself, which the author illuminates, examines, and dissects with a surgeon's precision and the gentle touch of an artist. A stirring account of the trials of adolescence." - Kirkus Reviews

    Released Tue Apr 25 00:00:00 UTC 2017
    English, Unabridged

  • The Sittin' Up

    By Shelia P. Moses

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    Laced with humor and a lot of heart, this is an affecting, fun tale from a storytelling master.

    "With his smooth narration, vivid character depictions, and beautiful singing voice, Jackson enhances a plot that youngsters may find slow paced and a little morbid. He brings out the sorrowful emotions of the history of slavery as well as the deep spirituality and pride of the characters, along with their hope and joy as times begin to change for the better." - AudioFile Magazine

    Released Thu Jan 09 00:00:00 UTC 2014
    English, Unabridged

  • Clotel

    By William Wells Brown

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    The harrowing fictional account of slave fathered by President Thomas Jefferson.

    "JD Jackson's narration is unwavering and profoundly impactful...Jackson presents Clotel in a manner that grips the listener." - AudioFile Magazine

    Released Tue Jan 28 00:00:00 UTC 2014
    English, Unabridged

  • A Nation's Hope

    By Matt de la Peña

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

    Starred Review. “Sometimes a boxing match is just that…but sometimes it is so much more.” - Booklist

    Starred review. "Spare, evocative verse melds with the eloquent illustrations to create palpable energy around the fight and Louis's struggle to the top." - Publishers Weekly

    Released Tue Jun 17 00:00:00 UTC 2014
    English, Unabridged

  • Under the Freedom Tree

    By Susan VanHecke

    Illustrated by London Ladd

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    Taut free verse tells the little-known story of the first contraband camp of the Civil War.

    Three stars. "...this engaging slice-of-history is recommended." - Video Librarian

    Released Tue Feb 25 00:00:00 UTC 2014
    English, Unabridged

  • A Nation's Hope

    By Matt de la Peña

    Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

    A 2015 ALA-ALSC Notable Video!

    3 1/2 stars. "...this fine tribute is highly recommended." - Video Librarian

    Released Tue May 13 00:00:00 UTC 2014
    English, Unabridged

  • Saving Talk Therapy

    By Dr. Enrico Gnaulati

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and Slanted Science are Ruining Good Mental Health Care

    A hard-hitting critique of how managed care and quick-fix therapies have undermined psychotherapy

    Available Tue Jan 09 00:00:00 UTC 2018
    English, Unabridged

  • Freedom in Congo Square

    By Carole Boston Weatherford

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    Six more days to Congo Square.

    "...Unique in its subject and artistic expression, this beautiful book belongs in most collections." - School Library Journal, Starred Review

    Released Tue Jul 25 00:00:00 UTC 2017
    English, Unabridged

  • A Few Red Drops

    By Claire Hartfield

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

    A compelling look at a crisis in the history of race relations that is echoed in today's headlines

    Available Tue Jan 02 00:00:00 UTC 2018
    English, Unabridged

  • Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life

    By Ashley Bryan

    Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

    Read by J.D. Jackson , Robin Eller , Ron Butler , Bahni Turpin and Susie Berneis

    Fierce paintings and expansive poetry provide a unique glimpse into the lives of slaves.

    "Bryan gives voices to the voiceless and presents the dreams of slaves who went to the grave without living them. Using historical slave documents from the 1820s to the 1860s, Bryan brings to life 11 slaves who once belonged to Cado Fairchilds...Bryan makes real and palpable what chattel slavery meant and how it affected those who were enslaved; every child who studies American slavery would benefit from experiencing this historically grounded web of narratives." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

    Released Tue Aug 22 00:00:00 UTC 2017
    English, Unabridged