Jacques Lesure

Jacques Lesure

Instrument: Guitar | Location: Los Angeles

Updated: November 8, 2018

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.

Originally from Detroit, Mr. Lesure has performed with many of Jazz's greatest artists; Oscar Brown Jr., George Benson, Carmen Lundy, Kenny Burrell, Freddy Cole, Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine,Mark Murphy,Oliver Lake,Chico Freeman, Javon Jackson, Les Mcann,Linda Hopkins, Carmen Lundy,Jon Hendricks, Eric Reed, Wessel Anderson, Wynton Marsalis, George Bohannon, and many others

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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

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Primary Instrument



Los Angeles

Willing to teach

Advanced only


25 years teaching experience from pre-school to high school in both public and private education. 25 years performance experience with various, major Jazz artists

Clinic/Workshop Information

"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

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