Born: December 19, 1962
Currently a resident of Los Angeles, California Jacques Lesure is originally from Detroit, Michigan. He is a WJ3 Records artist. This label is owned by prominent drummer, Willie Jones III. He is label mates with artists such as Eric Reed and Warren Wolf.. In his 30-year career, he has played and recorded with many notable musicians across various genres. He has performed in the nation's top jazz venues and major festivals.
Jacques is also very active in the community and mentors many of today’s up and coming musicians. He is an author, motivational speaker and radio/podcast host. He has been featured in numerous national publications and is the recipient of countless awards. He is the Musical Director for the Living Legends Foundation and president of the African-American Jazz Caucus. Jacques is a national adjudicator, judging student competitions across the nation and he is an Artist/ Teacher for the Thelonious Monk Institute, Los Angeles Bureau of Culutural Affairs and The Dolo Coker Jazz Foundation.
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“With a talent on guitar that is hard to match Mr. Lesure
will not be standing in an unemployment line as long as
there are clubs that showcase talent of his caliber. But, I
would like to add another aspect of Jacques' appeal - he
talks to his audience with a warmth and sincerity that I
seldom witness in a stage performer. He has a charm that he
openly shares with every member of his audience. Mr.
Lesure's verbal asides add to the strength of his
performance. He made several important points concerning
Jazz Music and I could not help but agree with his insight
when he told his audience Jazz is a national treasure and
that he felt it his obligation to take it out of New York
and bring it everywhere. He alluded to Chattanooga's rather
underground relationship with jazz as if it were a family
secret that had been kept in the closet for too long - that
he wanted to share it with as many people as possible
Willing to teach
25 years teaching experience from pre-school to high school in
both public and private education.
25 years performance experience with various, major Jazz
"Playing From the Source" a course in which music,
psychology, and spirituality are all discussed as one in
their importance to the overall success of the musican.
"Jazz for Juniors" a course for pres-school to high school
students in which Jazz is taught through the use of popular
music from today and traditional music of the past.
"Jazz Guitar Master Exploration" a course for Jazz
guitarists in which the Masters are studied as a guide to
help the player find his own individual voice.
"The Sacred Side of Jazz" an exploration into the
correlation of spirituality and Jazz music