Take Five With Jacques Lesure

Take Five With Jacques Lesure
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Meet Jacques Lesure:

Jacques Lesure is a Detroit native who has graduated from Berklee College Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Since his days at Berklee, he has performed alongside Oscar Brown Jr.
Oscar Brown Jr.
Oscar Brown Jr.
1926 - 2005
vocalist
, George Benson
George Benson
George Benson
b.1943
guitar
, Kenny Burrell
Kenny Burrell
Kenny Burrell
b.1931
guitar
, Freddy Cole
Freddy Cole
Freddy Cole
b.1931
piano
, Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
1925 - 2005
organ, Hammond B3
, Stanley Turrentine
Stanley Turrentine
Stanley Turrentine
1934 - 2000
sax, tenor
, Mark Murphy
Mark Murphy
Mark Murphy
b.1932
vocalist
, Oliver Lake
Oliver Lake
Oliver Lake
b.1942
saxophone
, Chico Freeman
Chico Freeman
Chico Freeman
b.1949
saxophone
, Javon Jackson
Javon Jackson
Javon Jackson
b.1965
saxophone
, Les McCann
Les McCann
Les McCann
b.1935
piano
, Linda Hopkins, Carmen Lundy
Carmen Lundy
Carmen Lundy
b.1954
vocalist
, Jon Hendricks
Jon Hendricks
Jon Hendricks
b.1921
vocalist
, Eric Reed
Eric Reed
Eric Reed
b.1970
piano
, Wessell Anderson
Wessell Anderson
Wessell Anderson
b.1964
saxophone
, Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
b.1961
trumpet
, George Bohanon, and many others. He has collaborated and performed on a variety of stage plays, movie scores, and special projects for television. He continues to perform at clubs, benefits, various celebrations, and jazz festivals both locally and around the world.

Instrument(s):

Guitar.

Teachers and/or influences?

Jerry Byrd, Wilbert Longmire, Larry Smith
Larry Smith
Larry Smith

saxophone
, Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
1925 - 1968
guitar
, Kenny Burrell
Kenny Burrell
Kenny Burrell
b.1931
guitar
, Grant Green
Grant Green
Grant Green
1935 - 1979
guitar
, George Benson
George Benson
George Benson
b.1943
guitar
, and Pat Martino
Pat Martino
Pat Martino
b.1944
guitar
.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...

When I saw Joe Negri
Joe Negri

guitar
playing jazz on Mr.Roger's Neighborhood.

Your sound and approach to music:

Straight-ahead, no nonsense jazz guitar. I like to study, then play! I am always mindful of soulfulness. The audience will let you know where you are and what you need to work on.

Your teaching approach:

I guide the student with truth and tough love. I look for the things they are doing well first and then work on their weaknesses.

Your dream band:

I would loved to have played with Sonny Clark
Sonny Clark
Sonny Clark
1931 - 1963
piano
and Hank Mobley
Hank Mobley
Hank Mobley
1930 - 1986
sax, tenor
.

What's your greatest fear when you perform?

Boring the audience with virtuosity.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

"Time After Time."

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:

Cop.

Photo Credit

Courtesy of Jacques Lesure
Jacques Lesure
Jacques Lesure
b.1962
guitar

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