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08
November
7:30 pm

Jesse Cook

Juno winning master guitarist Jesse Cook is known for his intoxicating fusion of world music and has traveled the globe looking for sounds that resonate with him. “I like finding common ground for different music traditions – a space where music from around the world can come together.” 

Jesse Cook is widely considered one of the most influential figures in “nuevo flamenco” music. He incorporates elements of flamenco rumba, jazz and many forms of world music into his work. In addition to being a Juno Award winner, Jesse garnered Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s Player’s Choice Award in the flamenco category and is a three-time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for Guitarist of the Year. He has recorded on the EMI, E1 Music and Narada labels and has sold over 1.5 million records worldwide.

More About Jesse Cook 

Cook started guitar lessons at a young age. “My teacher played flamenco, so that’s what I learned. Then, I’d visit my dad in France and he lived next door to Nicolas Reyes, the singer of the Gipsy Kings. I saw “Gipsy” kids on the corner playing that way too. It was as if the world conspired to get me interested in this style and I was hooked.”

The die was cast when he heard the Paco de Lucia, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin album, Friday Night in San Francisco. “I was captivated by the sheer virtuosity and freedom, that people could play whatever they wanted, creating in that space between jazz and flamenco.” 

Cook also helps foster this spirit of cultural exploration visually through his photography on Instagram as well his popular weekly video releases on his YouTube channel and through Facebook.