Multi-Grammy nominated pianist and arranger Christian Jacob first gained widespread exposure as music director for Maynard Ferguson and later as leader of the Christian Jacob Trio and co-leader of the Tierney Sutton Band. Christian is also the musical director for both Broadway legend Betty Buckley and American icon Jack Jones. He has performed around the globe, with many of the musical giants that inspired him since childhood. Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, Randy Brecker, Miroslav Vitous, Benny Golson, Bobby Watson and Bill Holman to name just a few.
in Lorraine, France, Christian Jacob fell in love with classical music at age 4 and discovered jazz at age 9. After graduating with “First Prize” from the Paris Conservatory, Jacob came to America to study improvisation at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While attending Berklee Christian won a number of awards, including the Oscar Peterson Jazz Masters Award, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and "Downbeat" magazine's distinction as Top Collegiate Jazz Soloist. He went on to teach at Berklee, tour with Maynard Ferguson, perform and record with a number of jazz legends and was listed by The Japan Times as one of the best-selling foreign jazz pianists in Japan. His extensive discography includes five critically acclaimed trio recordings and five Grammy nominations from his alliance with vocalist Tierney Sutton, drummer Ray Brinker and bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt. Christian also received a Grammy Nomination for his work with The Phil Norman Tentet.
While Christian performs year round, his arranging skills are also highly sought after. He has been arranging for the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra since 1990 and The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra since 2005, featuring such talented artists as John Scofield, Billy Cobham, Charlie Haden, Phil Woods, Joe Lovano, Ron Carter and Gary Burton.
In 2016, the original score to director Clint Eastwood box-office smash, “Sully”, was created by Christian Jacob, The Tierney Sutton Band and Clint Eastwood. It was one of Christian’s proudest moments to orchestrate his and the bands’ music for a ninety piece orchestra and hear it live with the brilliant Conrad Pope conducting. It was a once in a lifetime event… until the following year when Eastwood asked Christian to compose the music for his next film “The 15:17 to Paris.”
Presently Christian is focused on the release of his first trio recording in ten years. A collection of all original music titled “The Originals,” performed with his longtime bandmates Trey Henry and Ray Brinker. Eight of the tracks have the added depth of strings. The project will be released mid 2019.
Stephen Holden from The New York Times described Christian’s performances as “phenomenal” and “masterful.”
Keyboard Magazine raves: “Christian sounds like Bill Evans meets Keith Jarrett meets Maurice Ravel.”
Jazz Hot: “There is a lightness and fluidity in Christian Jacob that seduces you.”