"Reliably brilliant and spontaneous" New York Times
Jacky Terrasson, winner of the distinctive Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and two time Grammy nominee, was acclaimed by The New York Times Magazine as "one of 30 artists under the age of 30 most likely to make an impact on American culture in the next 30 years." Since his 1994 Blue Note debut, Jacky Terrasson, he has earned phenomenal worldwide response, ranking among Time magazine's Top Albums of 1995 and establishing him as a creator of new standards. Los Angeles Times heralds Jacky as « a pianist with a shining improvisational imagination ». In 1993, Betty Carter hired Jacky as her pianist, his first gig with her coming the day after he won the Monk Competition which itself spawned a bidding war for a major recording contract, landing him on Blue Note. In August, 2007 Jacky released Mirror (Blue Note) his first solo piano recording. His previous eight Blue Note CDs include the 2001 Grammy nominated Kindred with vibist Stefon Harris. His acclaimed collection of French favorites, À Paris, and the2003 follow up Smile, ranked Top Ten Best Album by the International Herald Tribune. Terrasson received a second Grammy nod for his work with Emmanuel Pahud on Into The Blue (2004). Celebrated in both the U.S. and France, Jacky won Best Jazz Artist of the Year (Prix Django Reihnardt, Academie de Jazz), Best Jazz Album of the Year for Smile (Victoire de Jazz) and two Django d'Or awards for Best Jazz Album and Best Artist. He has collaborated with some of the most noted vocalists ; Rendevous (1997) with Cassandra Wilson and serving as arranger and accompanist with Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Scott, Betty Carter and Charles Aznavour. He has also played with Ray Brown, Art Taylor, Ron Carter, and recorded two albums with Ry Cooder. In 2010 he will release his Concord Records debut featuring his trio of Ben Williams and Jamire Williams.