South Florida JAZZ Welcomes Franco-American Pianist JACKY TERRASSON for His First Appearance in Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — South Florida’s premier modern jazz organization is privileged to feature Jacky Terrasson, a 1993 Thelonious Monk Competition winner, who has garnered acclaim and awards in America and France for two decades. Following the first of his 10 Blue Note recordings, The New York Times Magazine named Jacky as “one of 30 artists, 30 and under, most likely to change American culture for the next 30 years.”
This concert takes place at the 500-seat Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd in Davie 33314. Tickets are $40 ($30 for South Florida JAZZ members and $15 for students under age 25 with I.D.) and may be purchased from the Broward Center Box Office by calling 954.462.0222, option #4 in Broward County; also toll-free at 877-311-SHOW, as well as online at: http://www.southfloridajazz.org, the presenting organization’s official Web site.
Jacky Terrasson, pianist, born in Berlin, Germany in 1965, grew up in Paris, France, where he lived with his French father and American mother. He studied classical from ages five through twelve, but after discovering the sounds of Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Nat Cole and other jazz greats on his mother’s records, he soon began his lifetime with jazz. He entered the Lycee Lamartine at age 15, where he did both academic work and continued studying jazz privately, following which he matriculated at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He returned to France to serve in the French Army, after which he settled in Paris and began performing at summer festivals and in clubs.
Jacky worked with singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and touring Americans. But in 1990 he moved to New York to enhance his development and exposure. With two friends, drummer Leon Parker and bassist Ugonna Okegwo, the pianist formed a stylistically unique trio. He entered and won the 1993 Thelonious Monk Competition, and appeared with Betty Carter, whom he delighted. The following year Terrasson’s trio made its first of 10 Blue Note recordings, after which The New York Times Magazine named Jacky as “one of 30 artists, 30 and under, most likely to change American culture for the next 30 years.” Terrasson’s 2010 Concord Jazz debut Push is an 11-track gem of dynamic pianism that opens up a new door onto his dynamic technique and effervescence.
Jacky Terrasson, with his shining improvisational imagination, is one of the most effervescent exponents of the modern school of post-bop mainstream jazz. His new trio features bassist Ben Williams, also a Thelonious Monk Competition winner (who appeared for South Florida JAZZ with Pat Metheny and Nicholas Payton), and drummer Jamire Williams (no relation), also a heavily in-demand player. This band is so exciting it will make you feel like your blood is carbonated!
Jacky Terrasson – piano
Ben Williams – bass
Jamire Williams – drums
Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.
SOURCE South Florida JAZZ