Jakob Bro

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Jakob Bro
Jakob Bro
Background information
Born (1978-04-11) April 11, 1978 (age 41)
Associated actsI Got You On Tape, Tomasz Stańko, Teitur, Paul Motian

Jakob Bro (born April 11, 1978) is a Danish guitarist and composer.


Bro leads a trio with Joey Baron and Thomas Morgan. In the fall of 2016 the trio released the album Streams (ECM). Bro also works with Palle Mikkelborg and Bro/Knak, a collaboration with the Danish electronica producer Thomas Knak.

Bro is a former member of the Paul Motian Band[1] (Garden of Eden, ECM, 2006) and a member of Tomasz Stanko's Dark Eyes Quintet[2] (Dark Eyes, ECM, 2009).

Bro has worked with Paul Bley, Chris Cheek, Andrew D'Angelo, Bill Frisell, George Garzone, Lee Konitz, Thomas Morgan, Paul Motian, Oscar Noriega, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Speed, Ben Street, Mark Turner, David Virelles, and Kenny Wheeler.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2016 and 2013 Bro received The Carl Prize Jazz Composer of the Year[3] for the albums Gefion and Bro/Knak. From 2003–2016 he received six Danish Music Awards: three for Danish Jazz Album of the Year (Gefion,[4] Balladeering[4] and Sidetracked[4]), two for Danish Crossover Album of the Year (Bro/Knak[5] and Sidetracked[5]) and one for New Danish Jazz Artist of the Year (for the album Beautiful Day[6]).

In 2009 and 2013 he received The Jazz Special Prize for Danish Jazz Album of the Year (for the albums Balladeering and December Song) and in 2013 he received The Jazznyt Prize founded by Niels Overgaard[7] (for December Song). In 2012 he received the DJBFA honorary award and in 2006 and 2012. The Danish Arts Foundation rewarded Bro for his recordings Pearl River and Bro/Knak.

In 2014 he was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize[8] for his trilogy Balladeering/Time/December Song.


As leader[edit]

  • Sidetracked (Loveland, 2005)
  • One Kiss Too Many (Stunt, 2007)
  • The Stars Are All New Songs (Loveland, 2008)
  • Balladeering (Loveland, 2009)
  • Time (Loveland, 2011)
  • Bro/Knak (Loveland, 2012)
  • December Song (Loveland, 2013)
  • Gefion (ECM, 2015)
  • Hymnotic/Salmodisk (Loveland, 2015)
  • Streams (ECM, 2016)
  • Bay of Rainbows (ECM, 2018)
  • Returnings (ECM, 2018)

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, 2010)
  • With Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard: Vesper (Hiatus, 2012)
  • With Povl Dissing: That Lucky Old Sun (Stunt)
  • With Beautiful Day: Copenhagen Melodrama (Loveland)
  • With Bandapart: Visions Du Lamarck (Blackout)
  • With I Got You On Tape: 2 (Auditorium)
  • With Jonas Westergaard: Helgoland (Stunt)
  • With Teitur: The Singer (Arlo & Betty)
  • With Nicolai Munch-Hansen: Wanna Do Right... (Loveland)
  • With Steffen Brandt: Baby Blue (Alarm)
  • With Jakob Buchanan: I Land in the Green Land (Buchanan)
  • With August Rosenbaum: Heights (Hiatus)


  1. ^ Tyran Grillo (2014-05-25). "Paul Motian Band: Garden of Eden (ECM 1917) | between sound and space: ECM Records and Beyond". Ecmreviews.com. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  2. ^ "Home - Tomasz Stanko Quintet - Dark Eyes - ECM 2115 - US - ECM Records". Player.ecmrecords.com. 2010-03-30. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  3. ^ Alan Kortbaek (2016-04-20). "Carl Prisen 2016 | Mutuk5". Mutuks.com. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  4. ^ a b c "Årets Danske Jazzudgivelse | JazzDanmark". Jazzdanmark.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  5. ^ a b "Årets Danske Særudgivelse (tidl. crossover) | JazzDanmark". Jazzdanmark.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  6. ^ "Årets Nye Danske Jazznavn | JazzDanmark". Jazzdanmark.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  7. ^ "JAZZNYT.com: Årets bedste jazzudgivelser 2013". Jazznyt.blogspot.dk. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  8. ^ "Jakob Bro – Nordic cooperation". Norden.org. Retrieved 2016-05-11.

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