Jacob Quistgaard

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OriginCopenhagen, Denmark
GenresJazz, Rock, Art Rock, Hip Hop, RnB, Instrumental Rock, Fusion, Blues, Blues Rock
Occupation(s)Musician, Guitarist, Songwriter, Composer
LabelsFretMonkey Records, MeriTone Music
Associated actsBryan Ferry, Valerie June, Little Mix, Missy Elliott
Quist performing at the Hollywood bowl with Bryan Ferry and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. August 2017.

Jacob Quistgaard (known as Quist[1]) is a Danish guitarist, based in Los Angeles.[2] Quist is best known as the lead guitarist[3] with British singer and Roxy music frontman Bryan Ferry.[4] He has been touring with Ferry since early 2014[5] and featured on his 2014 album Avonmore, with Nile Rodgers, Mark Knopfler, Johnny Marr, Flea and Marcus Miller. Other recording credits include British X-factor winners Little Mix, Stooshe and Valerie June. Quist has also performed with multi-million selling Jazz musician Jamie Cullum,[6] bass player T.M. Stevens,[7] Alison Moyet, Waddy Wachtel[8] and Dutch singer Boris Titulaer. Quist is also known for his YouTube channel (QuistJam[9]), which mainly features his original music, improvisations, tour vlogs and one of the largest and most popular collections of original "jam tracks" and backing tracks on the internet. The channel has over 75 million views and aside from featuring Quist, it also showcases other notable musicians, including Alice Cooper lead guitarist Nita Strauss[10] and Pink Floyd session bass player Guy Pratt.[11]


Quist was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He started playing guitar at age 6.[12] As a young child, he studied and toured[13] internationally with the Danish Royal Ballet. He moved to London, England as a teenager to study guitar at the Guitar Institute of Technology where he earned the title "Guitarist of the Year". He was then awarded a scholarship to study Jazz Performance at London's Royal Academy of Music. He had his professional recording debut with Danish act Franka & The Iris Band, which earned the artist a Danish Music Award.[14] In 2011 he published his first book with Parragon,[15] Rock Guitar, which was a worldwide, multi-language release.[16] Quist also collaborated with fellow BIMM faculty member[17] and session guitarist Les Davidson on a second published book "The Guitarist's Ultimate Chart Reading Book[18]". Quist is also a regular contributor to UK magazine[19] Guitar Techniques.[20] 'She #Zen' the first single from Quist's debut instrumental album 'Trigger', had an exclusive premiere on Guitar World.



Title Album details
Trigger (Quist Album)
  • Released: 2017
  • Label: Fretmonkey Records
  • Format: Album, CD

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Artist Album
2014 Bryan Ferry Avonmore (album)


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  3. ^ LARSEN, PETER. "Bryan Ferry thrills fans with songs from solo albums and Roxy Music, too". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  4. ^ "Financial Times".
  5. ^ "The Weekly interview: Ex-Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry". LasVegasWeekly.com. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  6. ^ "Gent Jazz 2013 (day six) - De Bijloke- Gent, le 19 juillet 2013 - Le blog des critiques de concerts". Le blog des critiques de concerts (in French). Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  7. ^ QuistJam (2012-03-28), Jammin' with bass legend TM Stevens!, retrieved 2016-12-12
  8. ^ waddywachtelinfo.com. "Bryan Ferry - Avonmore UK Tour 2015". www.waddywachtelinfo.com. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  9. ^ "QuistJam". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  10. ^ QuistJam (2016-03-25), Nita Strauss solo, retrieved 2016-12-12
  11. ^ QuistJam (2015-07-10), Funk Groove Backing Track - feat. Guy Pratt (E), retrieved 2016-12-12
  12. ^ "Quist - Bio". www.quistorama.com. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  13. ^ Kisselgoff, Anna (1988-06-19). "Review/Dance; Bournonville 'Abdallah' Re-created". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  14. ^ "BBC World Service | The Jury". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  15. ^ "9781445438177 - Learn to Play the Rock Guitar by Parragon - AbeBooks". www.abebooks.com. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  16. ^ "Rock Guitar! - Music - Entertainment - Books". www.nationalbookstore.com. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  17. ^ "Jacob Quistgaard - Guitar Tutor". BIMM. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  18. ^ "The Guitarist's Ultimate Chart Reading Book". www.ultimatechartreadingbook.com. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  19. ^ "PressReader.com - Connecting People Through News". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
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