Jakob Bro

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Jakob Bro
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Jakob Bro
Background information
Born (1978-04-11) April 11, 1978 (age 37)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Guitarist, composer, bandleader
Instruments Guitar
Years active 2002–present
Associated acts I Got You On Tape
Tomasz Stańko
Paul Motian
Website http://www.jakobbro.com

Jakob Bro (1978) is a Danish guitar player and composer living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

He is a former member of Paul Motian & The Electric Bebop Band (Garden of Eden, ECM – 2006) and a current member of Tomasz Stanko’s Dark Eyes Quintet (Dark Eyes, ECM – 2009).

He has released 12 records as a bandleader including musicians like Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Bley, Chris Cheek, Thomas Morgan, Ben Street, Mark Turner, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Andrew D’Angelo, Chris Speed, George Garzone, Oscar Noriega, David Virelles and many more. He has toured in Japan, China, South Corea, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, South Africa, USA and most of Europe.

Bro is currently leading a trio with Jon Christensen and Thomas Morgan. They recorded for ECM records in November 2013, the album Gefion was released on February 6, 2015.

He is also working with his trio with Anders Christensen and Jakob Høyer and his Undectet with Andrew D’Angelo, Jesper Zeuthen, Chris Speed, AC, Nicolai Munch-Hansen, Thomas Morgan, Kresten Osgood, Jakob Høyer, Nikolaj Torp, Søren Kjærgaard and Peter Laugesen. Besides this he is active with Bro/Knak, a collaboration with the Danish electronica producer Thomas Knak (Opiate).

Jakob Bro has received 6 'Danish Music Awards' and has been accepted into "JazzDanmark’s Hall of Fame". In 2009 and 2013 he received JazzSpecial’s price for 'Danish Jazz Record of the Year' (Balladeering and December Song) and in 2012 he received the 'DJBFA honorary award'. He is in the top 3 of Downbeat’s Annual Critics Poll Rising Stars and in 2013 he received the 'Composer of the Year' Award from Danish Music Publishers association. The price is named after Danish classical composer Carl Nielsen. The same year Bro also received 'Jazznyt Prisen 2013'.

In both 2006 and 201,2 he was rewarded by The Danish Arts Foundation for his recordings Pearl River and Bro/Knak.

The trilogy Balladeering, Time and December Song was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize 2014.


As leader[edit]

  • Hymnotic/Salmodisk (Loveland Records 2015)
  • Gefion (ECM Records 2015)
  • December Song (Loveland Records 2013)
  • Bro/Knak (Loveland Records 2011)
  • Time (Loveland Records 2011)
  • Balladeering (Loveland Records 2009)
  • Who Said Gay Paree (Loveland Records 2008)
  • White Rainbow (Loveland Records 2008)
  • The Stars Are All New Songs (Loveland Records 2008)
  • Pearl River (Loveland Records 2007)
  • Sidetracked (Loveland Records 2005)
  • Daydreamer (Loveland Records 2003)

As sideman[edit]

  • With Paul Motian: Garden of Eden (ECM, 2004)
  • With Tomasz Stańko: Dark Eyes (ECM, 2009)
  • With Søren Dahl Jeppesen: Route One (Dog Day Music, 2010)
  • With Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard: Vesper (Hiatus records, 2012)
  • With Povl Dissing: That Lucky Old Sun (Stunt Records)
  • With Beautiful Day: Copenhagen Melodrama (Loveland Records)
  • With Bandapart: Visions Du Lamarck (Blackout Music)
  • With I Got You On Tape: 2 (Auditorium)
  • With Jonas Westergaard: Helgoland (Stunt Records)
  • With Teitur: The Singer (Arlo & Betty Recordings)
  • With Nicolai Munch-Hansen: Wanna Do Right... (Loveland Records)
  • With Steffen Brandt: Baby Blue (Alarm Music)
  • With Jakob Buchanan: I Land in The Green Land (Buchanan Records)
  • With August Rosenbaum: Heights (Hiatus Records)


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