Stacken, Jesse

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Peter Gannushkin / downtownmusic.net
Peter Gannushkin / downtownmusic.net

Primary Scene: Brooklyn/New York

Jesse Stacken, “One of the most impressive pianists and composers of his generation” (NYC Jazz Record) has been a vital force on the New York City jazz scene for over a decade. He continually brings freshness to the stage, whether through conceptual ideas or inventive spontaneity.

He has led the Jesse Stacken Trio with bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer Jeff Davis since 2005. The group has released three critically acclaimed records on the Fresh Sound New Talent label. Stacken also has a longtime partnership with the cornetist Kirk Knuffke. As a duo, they have release five award-winning records on the Steeplechase label, most recently “Satie” featuring compositions by French composer Erik Satie. Stacken’s latest record, “Helleborus,” features an all-star line up of Tony Malaby, Sean Conly, and Tom Rainey playing several of his original compositions. Nate Chinen of the New York Times states “At every turn on “Helleborus,” the ensemble plays with gusto, coherence and license, heeding the framework without ever sounding hemmed in.”

Along with performing in many of New York City’s best venues, Stacken has toured North and South America, Europe, and Japan, including appearances at the North Sea Jazz Festival and Vancouver Jazz Festival. Stacken has also received critical acclaim for several internet recording projects he’s done in recent years on this website. He has performed and/or recorded with Tony Malaby, Tom Rainey, Andrew D’ Angelo, Donny McCaslin, Peter Van Huffel, Liam Sillery, Michael Blake, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, and Tyshawn Sorey.