Jacky is studying an MA at The Royal Academy of Music underneath Kit Downes, Nikki Iles, Gwilym Simcock, Pete Churchill and Stan Sulzmann. He is a multi-award-winning pianist and arranger, composing for and leading his own trio ‘Meraki’ which features Nick Jurd and Jonathan Silk.
Growing up in the Yorkshire Dales, he came relatively late to jazz but, tutored by Mark Donlan, he achieved a Leverhulme scholarship to study a BA degree in Jazz Piano at Birmingham Conservatoire. With the help of John Taylor, who taught Jacky one-to-one throughout years one and two, and other tutors including Percy Pursglove, Hans Koller and Andrew Bain, Jacky quickly gained in confidence and skill, winning the Conservatoire’s composition and arranging award in 2015. The Conservatoire also offered him glimpses of life as a professional musician through masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Maria Schneider. This experience, in particular, motivated Jacky to compose an original suite of music for Big Band titled ‘Rough Boundaries’, comprised of five pieces which try to capture the character and nuance of five different cities (Moscow, Bilbao, Stockholm, Reykjavik and Marrakech) whilst also exploring the musical limits of the Big Band. The album was subsequently performed at Birmingham Symphony Hall, and The Vortex in London, being awarded four-star reviews by major UK jazz publications. In 2017 Jacky was awarded the Dankworth Composition Prize for his piece ‘Bilbao’; reached the semi-final stage of BBC Young Jazz Musician; and graduated with First Class Honours from Birmingham Conservatoire.
Jacky moved in 2018 to London, hoping to immerse himself in a wider and more international jazz-scene, and he began studying an MA at The Royal Academy in September, for which he achieved a part-scholarship. He is taught by leading UK, European and global musicians including Dave Holland, Chris Potter and Gerard Presencer. His trio, ‘Meraki’, will be touring through the UK during early-2019, providing a promotional opportunity for Jacky’s compositions and the trio’s professional and fine-tuned performances. In the near-future, Jacky hopes to spend his time at The Royal Academy consolidating and refining his development in composition and performance before producing an album-length new work.