Edward and Adriana Jackson are certainly a couple that reflects South Queens in an innovative way. The husband and wife team run the well-respected community-based tax service bearing their last name Jackson Tax Service, Inc. Ironically, they also have ventured into an undertaking uncharacteristic of what you might expect from a mom and pop type tax business.
The couple has also recently opened up a jazz reception hall called Jackson Room. Edward Jackson and his brother Dave Jackson are accomplished jazz musicians. They have built an attractive jazz hall for music gigs that is also available to the community to hold upscale events of modest scale. The Jackson Tax Service’s newer St. Albans branch also houses the cozy Jackson Room, in its basement. It has a separate access to it slightly to the right of the front entrance. Both Jackson Tax Service and Jackson Room can are located at 192-07 Linden Blvd., St. Albans, N.Y. 11412.
Mrs. Adriana Jackson, the manager of the St. Albans branch, comments “that this has been a lifelong dream of my husband to have a place like Jackson Room and I’m glad to see him accomplish it.” While Jackson Room is a new endeavor for the Jackson family the tax business is not. Jackson Tax has its original location in Rochdale Village Mall 1.
Jackson Tax was started by Edward Jackson’s father David W. Jackson, more than 35 years ago so it is a family business passed down through the generations. “Will people one day be able to listen to live jazz while they have their taxes worked on?” I asked Mrs. Jackson. She smiled and responded “You never know. But for now we pipe jazz music through our office sound system while doing taxes.”
South Queens has always been known as a very special place both in terms of its business professionals and jazz greats. A long list of business pioneers and entertainment powerhouses have started businesses or lived here such as Wallace & Wallace Fuel Companies, FUBU, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons and James Brown.
The area also has an even richer history of housing some of the world’s greatest jazz legends such as Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Mercer Ellington, Count Basie, and Fats Waller.
To most of us who find doing taxes - well taxing we’re glad to hear about a company that can jazz things up a bit too in our town.