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About

Jacky grew up in Skipton, North Yorkshire and first took an interest in music at the age of five.  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, 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.

In 2012, he received a Leverhulme Scholarship to study jazz piano at Birmingham Conservatoire, under the tutelage of Hans Koller, Percy Pursglove, Andrew Bain and John Turville.  Whilst in his earlier years, he had regular 1-1s with the late John Taylor, who acted as a role model not just as a seminal pianist, but also as person, in the way he related to those around him regardless of their musical ability and experience.

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.  This led to the opportunity of a 1-1 lesson with Maria Schneider in front of an audience, funded by Town Hall/Symphony Hall and the Conservatoire.

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 five compositions about five different cities (Moscow, Bilbao, Stockholm, Reykjavik and Marrakech), and uses each place as a musical foundation; attempting to capture the character and nuance of each city through the range of sounds achievable through a Big Band.  The album was subsequently performed at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and The Vortex, London, and reviewed by major UK jazz publications.  In 2017, he was awarded the Dankworth Composition Prize for his piece Bilbao from this suite, reached the semi-final stage of BBC Young Jazz Musician and gained first class honours in his Bachelor of Music (Hons) Degree from Birmingham Conservatoire.

Now a graduate, he continues to study and write for his own projects, notably his trio 'Meraki' involving Nick Jurd (Double Bass) and Jonathan Silk (Drums), with whom he plans to tour in 2019.  In addition, he has received a scholarship to study a Master of Music degree at The Royal Academy of Music from September 2018.