October 30th, 2014
Last Weds night at Cornish College the 2014 Earshot Jazz Festival presented the Jacky Terrasson Trio.
The scintillating French pianist and 1993 Thelonious Monk Piano Competition winner performs with bassist Dave Robaire and drummer Jamire Williams. Terrasson is renowned for his carefully controlled velocity, exquisite phrasing, and affinity to everything from the French Romantics, like Fauré, to American pop icons, like Michael Jackson.
Terrasson was born in Berlin and grew up in Paris. He started to learn the piano at age 5 and, after studying classical piano in school, studied jazz with Jeff Gardner. An encounter with Francis Paudras played an important role in his initiation into jazz. Terrasson later went to the United States to attend the Berklee College of Music.
In 1993, after winning the prestigious Thelonious Monk award, he began touring with Betty Carter. One year later, The New York Times introduced Terrasson as one of the 30 artists most likely to change American culture in the next 30 years. He then signed with the Blue Note label, for which he made three trio recordings. He has collaborated with greats such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Scott, Leon Parker, and Ugonna Okegwo. He performs regularly in solo and trio in the great jazz and piano festivals, and in countries around the world.
Here is a link to the 2014 Earshot Jazz Festival Schedule