Jack Macklin is a Guitarist, Composer, and educator based in Chicago, IL. His music draws from a variety of traditions, bringing together forward thinking with an emphasis on improvisation. Jack began playing the Guitar at age 8, and quickly gravitated towards jazz and improvisation. Jack has a bachelors degree in music from DePaul University where he went into a deep study of improvisation and the lineage of the guitar. Through DePaul, he has had the opportunity to study closely and be mentored by some of Chicago's finest musicians including Scott Hesse, and Dana Hall. Jack continually interacts with Chicago's best musicians by staying invested in the music community.
Jack has played with many notable musicians including Matt Ulery, Greg Ward, Jon Deitemyer, Alyssa Allgood, Tim Seisser, Kyle Swan, Zach Marks, Corbin Andrick, and many others. His experience working with admired musicians from many different traditions has made him an interactive, and versatile musician who is finding his distinct musical voice.
Jack performs regularly with his trio/quartet, simply named the Jack Macklin Trio/Quartet. He regularly performs in a co-lead project with pianist Danny Bauer entitled Red Door Band. The Door Band has been written up in the Chicago Read and WGN. The band also released an EP in the summer of 2020, where it features Jack as a co-leader in the group.