Jesse Cook

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Jesse Cook
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Background information
Birth nameJesse Arnaud Cook
Born (1964-11-28) 28 November 1964 (age 54)
Paris, France
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresNew flamenco, world music, ethno jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsAcoustic guitar
Years active1995–present
LabelsNarada, EMI, E1

Jesse Arnaud Cook (born 28 November 1964) is a Canadian guitarist, composer, and producer. Widely considered one of the most influential figures in nuevo flamenco[citation needed] music, he incorporates elements of flamenco rumba, jazz and many forms of world music into his work. He is a Juno Award winner, Acoustic Guitar Player's Choice Award silver winner in the Flamenco Category, and a three-time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz award for Guitarist of the Year. He has recorded on the EMI, E1 Music and Narada labels and has sold over 1.5 million records worldwide.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Born to photographer and filmmaker John Cook and television director and producer Heather Cook,[3] and nephew to artist Arnaud Maggs, Jesse Cook spent the first few years of his life moving between Paris, Southern France and Barcelona.

After his parents separated, Cook and his sister accompanied his mother to her birth country, Canada, where he took lessons at Toronto's Eli Kassner Guitar Academy, and eventually studied under Kassner.[citation needed] While Cook was still a teenager, his father retired to the French city of Arles in the Camargue where his neighbor was Nicolas Reyes, lead singer of the flamenco group the Gipsy Kings. During frequent visits to Arles, Jesse Cook became increasingly fascinated by the "Camargue sound", the rhythmic, flamenco-rumba approach that could be heard on many corners and cafés in the "gipsy barrio".

Back at home, he continued his studies in classical and jazz guitar at Canada's Royal Conservatory of Music, York University, and Berklee College of Music in the United States.[4] He has often quipped that he later attempted to unlearn it all while immersing himself in the oral traditions of gypsy music.

After the independent 1995 release in Canada of his debut album, Tempest, he played at the 1995 Catalina Jazz Festival; shortly afterwards, Tempest entered the American Billboard charts at No. 14.

Cook has recorded eight studio albums, three live DVDs and has traveled the world exploring musical traditions that he has blended into his style of rumba flamenco.

In 1998, Cook was nominated for a Juno Award as Instrumental Artist of the Year.[5] In 2001, he received a Juno Nomination for Best Male Artist. In 2001, Cook won a Juno Award in the Best Instrumental Album category for Free Fall. In 2009, he was Acoustic Guitar's Player's Choice Award silver winner in the Flamenco category (gold went to Paco de Lucia).[3] He is a three-time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz award for Guitarist of the Year[1] and numerous other awards.


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Montreal (2004)

Compilation album[edit]

  • The Ultimate Jesse Cook (2005)
  • Greatest Hits (2010)

Video albums[edit]

Video Album Title Album Details Certifications Nominations/Awards
One Night at the Metropolis 2007 DVD – EMI[6] Platinum[7] DVD Nominated Juno Award – Music DVD of the Year[5]
The Rumba Foundation 2009 DVD – EMI[8]
Jesse Cook: Live in Concert 2012 DVD
Jesse Cook: Live at the Bathurst Street Theatre 2013 DVD

Other appearances[edit]

Other compilation appearances[edit]

  • Guitar Music For Small Rooms (1997) (WEA)
  • Gypsy Passion: New Flamenco (1997) (Narada)
  • Narada Smooth Jazz (1997) (Narada)
  • The Next Generation: Explore Our World (1997) (Narada)
  • Narada Film and Television Music Sampler (1998) (Narada)
  • Narada Guitar: 15 Years of Collected Works (1998) (Narada)
  • Gypsy Soul: New Flamenco (1998) (Narada)
  • Obsession: New Flamenco Romance (1999) (Narada)
  • Gypsy Fire (2000) (Narada)
  • Guitar Greats: The Best of New Flamenco – Volume I (2000) (Baja/TSR Records)
  • Narada Guitar 2: The Best of Two Decades (2000) (Narada)
  • Buddha Bar III (2001)
  • Tabu: Mondo Flamenco (2001) (Narada)
  • Camino Latino / Latin Journey – Liona Maria Boyd (2002) (Moston)
  • Guitar Greats: The Best of New Flamenco – Volume II (2002) (Baja/TSR Records)
  • Best of Narada New Flamenco Guitar (2003) (Narada)
  • Guitar Music For Small Rooms 3 (2004) (WEA)
  • Gypsy Spice: Best of New Flamenco (2009) (Baja/TSR Records)
  • The World of the Spanish Guitar Vol. 1 (2011) (Higher Octave Music)
  • Guitar Greats: The Best of New Flamenco – Volume III (2013) (Baja/TSR Records)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Montalvo Arts Center Jesse Cook". Montalvo Arts Center. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  2. ^ Fischer, Sophia (26 January 2015). "Groove to Jesse Cook's Upbeat Flamenco Tunes". Pepperdine. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Jesse Cook Boulder Theater". Boulder Theater. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 April 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Artist Summary Jesse Cook". The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  6. ^ "One Night at the Metropolis". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Artist Summary Jesse Cook". Music Canada. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Rumba Foundation". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 July 2015.

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