There was a time when pianist Christian Jacob thought he'd be making his mark as a classical pianist. That's perfectly understandable considering the fact that he was playing piano at age four and studying at the Metz conservatory at age six. By the time he was in college, studying at the Paris Conservatory, he was winning awards and prepping for piano competitions. Jacob was following the prescribed course that classical piano hopefuls typically follow, but his destiny was with jazz. Jacob was taken with the work of Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson and other jazz luminaries early on, ...read more
Christian Jacob was born in Lorraine, France, and began classical piano studies at the age of four. His early musical influences included Debussy and Ravel, as well as Oscar Peterson, whose approaches to improvisation impressed him the most. Having won First Prize in a piano competition at the Paris Conservatory, Jacob studied and then later taught at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Maynard Ferguson played an important role early in Jacob's career, giving the pianist a job in his band and producing his first two records on the Concord label--Maynard Ferguson Presents Christian Jacob (1997) and Time Lines ...read more
Christian Jacob, surely one of the jazz world's most overlooked and underrated pianists, is enormously popular in Japan, where he was invited to perform a series of concerts in October 2007 with his working trio and to record selected numbers from each to comprise the album Live in Japan. Jacob, who can caress the keyboard as gently as a soft summer rain and swing emphatically at the drop of a hi-hat, brings all his impressive assets to bear in a captivating recital that includes his original compositions Little Eyes" and State of Mind," a quartet of well-loved Japanese melodies, and ...read more
As readers should know by now, I have deep admiration for pianist Christian Jacob, whose praises I have sung whenever the opportunity arose. He is, simply put, one of the finest jazz pianists on the scene, and those who've not heard him play have missed a thoroughly pleasurable experience. On Contradictions, Jacob salutes another marvelous pianist, Michel Petrucciani, whose life was ended far too soon by the effects of osteogenesis imperfecta, a rare bone disease that stunted his physical growth but couldn't arrest his artistic genius.
Perhaps because Petrucciani's brilliance at the keyboard was so conspicuous, his remarkable talents as ...read more
At Ken Poston's all-star tribute to trumpeter Maynard Ferguson in Los Angeles last October, the pianist for most groups, large or small, was Maynard's son-in-law, Christian Jacob, who didn't land the gig because of family connections. When Tierney Sutton, who has worked with Jacob for nearly a dozen years and is the guest vocalist on Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry" and I Fall in Love Too Easily," introduces Christian as one of the greatest living jazz pianists," she isn't saying that just to be nice. A number of astute observers agree, including Bill Holman, Benny Golson and ...read more
When he became music director for Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau band in 1990, pianist Christian Jacob was just taking the next logical step on his musical journey. The 40-year-old pianist was born in Lorraine, France and studied classical piano. His first introduction to jazz came through the jazz tinge" contained in music by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and later, through recordings by Dave Brubeck and Oscar Peterson. After moving to the U.S. in 1982, Jacob graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and then toured with vibraphonist Gary Burton for several years before linking up with Ferguson. ...read more