Jacky grew up in Skipton, North Yorkshire and first took an interest in music at the age of 5. It wasn't long before he was having regular piano lessons, exposing him to classical music, technique, and the fundamentals of the instrument. Several years later, after having achieved Grade 8 Distinction, he wanted to pursue jazz and this led him to Leeds College of Music, where he was introduced to Mark Donlon, a piano tutor at the college, who agreed to become his tutor.
At this point in time, Jacky was already playing with ensembles across the North including function groups, Harrogate Youth Jazz Orchestra and Ermysted's Big Band. He also formed a collaboration with Guildhall composition graduate Vahan Salorian and Stage 84 - The Yorkshire School of Performing Arts - which culminated in performing in the Music For Youth festival in both Leeds and Birmingham.
A turning point for Jacky was during the Summer of 2012, when he attended the National Youth Jazz Collective Summer School. There he met people of a similair age also passionate about jazz, and was exposed to yet more inspiring tutors such as Les Chisnall and Andrew Bain. Three months later, he received a scholarship to study on the renowned Jazz program at Birmingham Conservatoire
During his four year degree course, he was under the tuition and guidance of leading UK performers and educators such as John Taylor, Liam Noble, Hans Koller, John Turville, Jean Toussaint and Percy Pursglove. He has also been involed in masterclasses with Maria Schneider, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Mark Turner, Steve Coleman, Jeff Ballard, John Riley, Kenny Garret and John O'Gallagher. In 2015, Jacky won the Birmingham Conservatoire Composition and Arranging Prize, with his arrangement of Thelonious Monk's Rhythm-a-ning, performed by Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra with guest vocalist Judy Niemack.
Jacky continued to study, analyse and hone his big band compositional approaches and techniques throughout the following year, and completed his debut big band album Rough Boundaries, performed and recorded by Birmingham Jazz Orchestra. The album is made up of 5 compositions about 5 different cities in Europe and beyond (Moscow, Bilbao, Stockholm, Reykjavik and Marrakech), and draws upon the notion of describing a place through sound, rather than words. In addition, Jacky also reached the semi-final stage of BBC Young Jazz Musician 2016, supported Jason Rebello (Sting/Jeff Beck) at Birmingham's Symphony Hall and gained first class honours in his Bachelor of Music (hons) Degree from Birmingham Conservatoire.
Rough Boundaries has an official launch gig at Symphony Hall on Wednesday 21st September, tickets are available here: https://www.thsh.co.uk/event/birmingham-jazz-orchestra
The album is available here:
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