Jacky is currently studying a MA at The Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Kit Downes, Nikki Iles, Gwilym Simcock, Pete Churchill and Jasper Høiby. He is a multi-award-winning pianist and arranger, composing for and leading his own trio ‘Meraki’ featuring Nick Jurd and Jonathan Silk.
Growing up in the Yorkshire Dales, he came late to jazz but began studying with Mark Donlon at the age of 16. In 2012, he received a Leverhulme scholarship to study a BMus (Hons) at Birmingham Conservatoire. Whilst in his first two years of study, Jacky was lucky to receive 1-1 with John Taylor, a gold-standard role model as both a musician and person. In his 3rd year, he won the Conservatoire’s Composition & Arranging prize, judged by Judy Niemack (New York/Berlin), and subsequently was gifted a lesson with Maria Schneider. This interest in big band composition led his debut album, ‘Rough Boundaries’, featuring Birmingham Jazz Orchestra. ‘Rough Boundaries’ was a suite of original music intending to illustrate the character of five contrasting cities through the diverse sounds and moods achievable within a jazz orchestra. The album received four-star reviews from major jazz publications, and was featured on Radio 3 and Jazz FM.
‘Rough Boundaries’ also led to winning the Dankworth Composition Prize in 2016, which was another formative year as Jacky reached the semi-finals of BBC Young Jazz Musician and graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with First Class Honours.
After graduating, Jacky worked as a freelance musician, but hoped to pursue education and relocate to London. In 2017 he applied to The Royal Academy and received the Barbara Kesterton award and entrance scholarship. In the near-future, Jacky hopes to spend his time consolidating and refining his development in composition and performance, as well as playing with his trio prior to a UK Tour in April 2019. Jacky would like to thank the Tarn Moor Trust for their financial contribution towards his ongoing studies.