Christian Jacob

Primary Instrument: Piano

Christian Jacob

Christian Jacob began playing at the age of four and graduated with First Prize from the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique” in Paris. In 1983, he enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and later joined the faculty.

While attending Berklee “Downbeat Magazine” honored Christian as “Top Collegiate Jazz Soloist” and he won the 6th Annual Great American Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida.

Christian later toured with Maynard Ferguson, who produced Christian’s two Concord recordings: “Maynard Ferguson Presents Christian Jacob” and “Time Lines”....
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First Prize from the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique” in Paris

“Downbeat Magazine” honored Christian as “Top Collegiate Jazz Soloist”

Winner of the 6th Annual Great American Jazz Piano Competition

“The phenomenal pianist Christian Jacob -- created dense, polyrhythmic thickets that overlaid two or more Latin grooves, through which Mr. Jacob's piano solos sprang out and hurtled.” - Stephen Holden (The New York Times)

“Descriptive words such as virtuoso and genius are not words I easily throw around. When I first heard Christian Jacob I knew he was something special... I believe that Christian Jacob is about to become a major force in jazz today!” -Maynard Ferguson

“A post-bop modernist touched by the souls of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett… Pianist Christian Jacob is a wonderful player whose crystalline melodies and expansive harmonies mark him as someone to keep an ear on.” -Jazz Times

“A talented jazz piano newcomer, Christian Jacob shines and has the post-Bill Evans sound well in hand.”


Contradictions (WilderJazz)

I was a devoted fan of Michel Petrucciani, so it is surprising that it took Christian Jacob’s new album to reveal the permanence of Petrucciani’s work as a composer. Petrucciani recorded prolifically in his short life, in a variety of settings, and his own tunes always seemed like movements in the album-length suites he wove together from diverse found and invented materials. Christian Jacob is such a fluent, polished pianist—and his long- term working trio with bassist Trey Henry and drummer Ray Brinker is so tight—that he is able to reveal the luminous melodic essences inside Petrucciani’s complex irregular forms. Once you have heard Jacob’s elegantly detailed and finished renderings of Petrucciani lines like “Looking Up” and “Even Mice Dance” and “13th” and “Memories of Paris,” it becomes remarkable that these songs have remained largely unexplored by jazz players. Jacob presents them as such meticulous and complete designs, and such rich sources for improvisation, that he newly claims their place in jazz literature.

When Petrucciani died at 36 in 1999, the French critic Francis Marmande wrote, “If the death of a musicians touches us in a special way, it is because they take their secrets with them.” With Contradictions, Christian Jacob has performed the valuable service of revealing that Michel Petrucciani left some of his secrets behind.

-Thomas Conrad

As a Leader

The Christian Jacob Trio Live In Japan WilderJazz (CD-0801) 2008

The Christian Jacob Trio CONTRADICTIONS WilderJazz (CD-0601) 2006

The Tierney Sutton Band (Co-Leader) I'm With The Band Telarc (CD-83616) 2005

Tierney Sutton (Co-Leader) Dancing In the Dark Telarc (CD-83592) 2004

The Christian Jacob Trio Styne and Mine WilderJazz (CD-0401) 2004

Tierney Sutton (Co-Leader) Blue In Green Telarc (CD-83522) 2001

Christian Jacob/Fritz Renold The Six Cycles Anothen Records (CCD-991021-1) 1999

Christian Jacob Time Lines Concord Jazz (CCD-4801-2) 1999

Christian Jacob/Fritz Renold Jazz Meets Classical DRS (MH CD 106-2) 1999

Christian Jacob Maynard Ferguson Presents Concord Jazz(CCD-4744-2 1997

As A Side Musician

The Phil Norman Tentet Totally Live At Catalina Jazz Club Mama (MAA 1034) 2008

Wayne Bergeron Plays Well With Others Concord (CCD-30032-2) 2007

Carl Saunders Exploration: The Lost Bill Holman Charts MAMA (MAA 1032 2007

The Bill Holman Band Hommage JazzedMedia (JM1024) 2006

The Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra Kindred Spirits Summit (DCD 448) 2006

The Bud Shank Big Band Taking The Long Way Home JazzedMedia (JM1015) 2006

Carl Saunders Can You Dig Being Dug independent (J-1005) 2005

Phil Woods Groovin' to Marty Paich JazzedMedia (JM1005) 2005

Terje Gewelt & Christian Jacob Hope Resonant (RM 16-2) 2005

Gene Burkert The Jazz Palette Sea Breeze (SBJ-3078) 2005

The Bill Holman Band Live JazzedMedia (JM1007) 2004

Andy Martin / Vic Lewis The Project Drewbone Music (AMM-401) 2004

Flora Purim Speak No Evil Narada Jazz 2003

The Gary Uewin Jazz Orchestra Living In The Moment Sea Breeze (SB-2123) 2003

Gary Meek Step 7 A-440 (4013) 2003

Terje Gewelt & Christian Jacob Interplay Resonant (RM 13-2) 2003

Carl Saunders Be Bop Big Band Sea Breeze Jazz (SB-2118) 2002

Terje Gewelt & Christian Jacob Duality Resonant (RM10-2) 2002

Alan Kaplan Lonely Town Rylan Records (RLN 1001) 2002

West Coast All-Stars With Love To Gerry Sea Breeze Jazz (SB-3051) 2001

Michie Sahara I Need A Dream Sea Breeze Jazz (SB-3050) 2001

Flora Purim Perpetual Emotion Narada Jazz (72438-50625-2-0) 2001

Tierney Sutton Unsung Heroes Telarc (CD-83477) 2000

Miki Coltrane I Think Of You Chartmaker Records(HFGL6189) 1998

Vic Lewis Presents West Coast All Stars Candid Prod. (CCD-79739) 1997

Tierney Sutton Introducing Tierney Sutton A-Records(AL-73111) 1997

Tom Garling Maynard Ferguson Presents Concord Jazz(CCD-4752-2) 1997

Fritz Renold StarLight Sony,Columbia(CK68978) 1997

Gene Burkert The System Prologue Entertainment (PSC10043) 1997

Vic Lewis Presents West Coast Jazz Candid Prod.(CCD-79711-2) 1995

Maynard Ferguson Live From London Avenue Jazz (R2-71631) 1994

Anita O'Day (w/The Jack Sheldon Orchestra) Rules Of The Road Pablo Records (PACD-2310-950-2) 1993

Fritz Renold Quartet Plus 2 Shanti & Sri EPM Records(152042) 1993

Christian Jacob/Fritz Renold Bostonian Friends EPM Records(151472) 1992

Christian Ledelezir (w/Dave Liebman) Exaton Exaton Records (EX-002) 1990

Fabio Morgera/George Garzone Take One Red Records 1988

Vaughn Hawthorne The Path Intouch Records 1988

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