Jacob Sacks

Jacob Sacks is one of the most creative pianists on the NYC jazz scene today. His strong individual voice has been heard in a variety of settings ranging from the mainstream jazz traditions of the Mingus Big Band and Orchestra to the open approach of the Paul Motian Septet to the vamp based fusion of David Binney’s Balance.

Originally from Michigan, Jacob was a 1995 Presidential Scholar In The Arts before he moved to New York City to study with Garry Dial at the Manhattan School Of Music. After graduation in 1998, Jacob was a finalist in the 1999 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.

In the last 12 years, Jacob has been a member of many different ensembles, recorded several albums, and has toured the United States, Europe, and Canada several times. He has performed with musicians such as Clark Terry, Joe Maneri, Terumasa Hino, Charles Gayle, Eddie Henderson, Christian McBride, Brian Blade, Tony Malaby, Jacob Garchik, Ben Gerstein, Ohad Talmor, Chris Potter, Mark Turner, Ben Monder, Adam Rogers, Kenny Wollesen, Gene Jackson, and Matt Wilson.

Current projects include a longstanding duo with vocalist Yoon Sun Choi, with whom Jacob recently released a critically acclaimed album of Joe Raposo’s music; the quartet “Two Miles A Day” co-led with bassist Eivind Opsvik, featuring violist Mat Maneri and drummer Paul Motian; and a trio with drummer Dan Weiss and bassist Thomas Morgan.

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...they take consistently personal, at times revisionist and occasionally radical, approaches to each track. Choi has a wonderful and at times startling voice, mixing grunts, yips and other extreme effects with more conventional and, indeed, beautiful singing. I like and even admire this CD a lot, for its adventurous spirit and fearless integrity.
—Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen

Choi and Sacks work so well together in their own charming, but somewhat weird, way that they turn this tribute to composer Joe Raposo into much more than a celebration of his music...these songs, many of which suckled the children of the ‘70s, are explored in ways previously unimagined

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Dan Weiss Trio
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Discography

Fishes

Fishes

Clean Feed Records
2019

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Imagination: The Music of Joe Raposo

Imagination: The...

Yeah-Yeah records
2008

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Two Miles A Day

Two Miles A Day

Curling Legs
2007

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