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Jacky Terrasson
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Jacky Terrasson, Dortmund, 2010
Background information
Birth name Jacques-Laurent Terrasson
Born November 27, 1965 (1965-11-27) (age 55)
Berlin, Germany
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Piano
Years active 1990s–present
Labels Blue Note, Impulse!

Jacky Terrasson (born November 27, 1965) is a French jazz pianist and composer.


Terrasson's mother is African-American from Georgia, and his father is French. From his parents he heard classical music as a child. He began piano lessons at an early age. He became interested in jazz when he heard his mother's albums of Miles Davis and Billie Holiday. Terrasson went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston for two semesters, then performed in clubs as a jazz pianist in Chicago and New York City. In 1993 he won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. As the leader of a trio, Terrasson recorded his first solo album for Blue Note, then recorded with Jimmy Scott and Cassandra Wilson. He has worked with Stéphane Belmondo, Michael Brecker, Mino Cinélu, Ugonna Okegwo, Leon Parker, Michel Portal, Adam Rodgers, and Cécile McLorin Salvant. Los Angeles Times heralds Jacky as "a pianist with a shining improvisational imagination, Terrasson seems clearly determined to follow his own path."


As leader or co-leader

  • Moon and Sand with Tom Harrell (Jazz Aux Ramparts, 1991)
  • Jacky Terrasson (Blue Note, 1994)
  • Reach (Blue Note, 1995)
  • Rendezvous with Cassandra Wilson (Blue Note, 1997)
  • Alive (Blue Note, 1998)
  • What It Is (Blue Note, 1999)
  • A Paris... (Blue Note, 2000)
  • Kindred with Stefon Harris (Blue Note, 2001)
  • Smile (Blue Note, 2002)
  • Into the Blue with Emmanuel Pahud (Blue Note, 2003)
  • Mirror (Blue Note, 2007)
  • Push (Concord Jazz, 2010)
  • Gouache (Universal, 2012)
  • Take This (Impulse!, 2015)
  • Mother with Stéphane Belmondo (Impulse!, 2016)
  • 53 (Blue Note, 2019)

As sideman

With Ry Cooder

  • Music from the Motion Picture Primary Colors (MCA, 1998)
  • Chavez Ravine (Nonesuch, 2005)
  • My Name Is Buddy (Nonesuch, 2007)

With others

  • Seth Air, Wallace Roney (Muse 1991)
  • As We Speak, Jesse Davis (Concord Jazz, 1992)
  • Ray Brown's New Two Bass Hits, Ray Brown (Capri, 1992)
  • Wailin' at the Vanguard, Art Taylor (Verve, 1993)
  • When the Time Is Right, Javon Jackson (Blue Note, 1994)
  • Freedom Jazz Dance, Eddie Harris (Venus, 1997)
  • Telepathy, Cindy Blackman (Muse, 1994)
  • Quiet After the Storm, Dianne Reeves (Blue Note, 1994)
  • Above and Below, Leon Parker (Epicure, 1994)
  • The Traveler, Antoine Roney (Muse, 1994)
  • For One Who Knows, Javon Jackson (Blue Note, 1995)
  • Heaven, Jimmy Scott (Warner Bros., 1996)
  • In the Now, Cindy Blackman (Highnote, 1998)
  • Fascinoma, Jon Hassell (Water Lily Acoustics, 1999)
  • Stefano di Battista, Stefano di Battista (Blue Note, 2000)
  • Live at the Blue Note, Irvin Mayfield and Jaz Sawyer (Half Note, 2000)
  • Be Cool - Philippe Gaillot (Ilona Records – LIR 8369345, 2018)
  • CassIstanmbul - Philippe Gaillot - (That Sound Records, 2021)
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