Point Richmond Jazz presents the Jacob Szekely Trio
Point Richmond Jazz
Point Richmond, CA
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Point Richmond Jazz presents the Jacob Szekely Trio
With the Jacob Szekely Trio, Szekely has created a unique musical tapestry that incorporates the richness of jazz improvisation, the structure of classical music and the edginess of rock into its own alchemy  which Szekely calls rock chamber jazz.

A risk taker who generally went with the first takes in the studio, hes created an album that expands the sonic culture of the cello and showcases the influences of classical, jazz, funk, rock and East Indian music. His compositions are highly complex, yet always have groove at their core. Szekely explains the genesis of his flexible, electric, groove-based ensemble known as the Jacob Szekely Trio  or JS3. As studio musicians and sidemen, were encouraged to fit in, to sound like other musicians, but Ive always been interested in pushing my instrument and myself. I was inspired by Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix early on but didnt tell my teachers at conservatory, because that didnt jibe with the classical tradition. It always felt like I was trying to bust out of the cello closet!

His discovery period led to a complete reimagining of the possibilities for his compositions; for the development of his distinct improvisational language on the cello; and for the unique sound of his trio.

Drums and piano take up a lot of sonic space, so I needed to work with musicians who were sensitive yet dynamic. Ultimately I connected with two top local studio artists, pianist/keyboardist Josh Nelson and drummer Christopher Allis. They created a textured, electric sound that compliments my compositions and the cello in expressive ways and creates space for a lightness of sound that stands out. The trios dynamic performances have been hailed by press and by musicians including Yo-Yo Ma and Chick Corea. As Szekely summarizes: I always knew that the sound of the cello was my voice, but there just wasnt a template to uncover that. The results of my search have led to my unique approach as a cellist and as an artist.

Born in Brooklyn New York in 1979, Jacob grew up in a musical family where his talent was recognized early on. He was accepted to study classical cello performance at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy for high school before attending The Cleveland Institute of Music for his Bachelors Degree and The University of Southern California for graduate studies.

Strings Magazine has hailed Szekely as One of the leaders in the Creative String Community. And Berklee cello professor and multiple Grammy winner Eugene Friesen has declared Jacobs playing to be to be The first time a cellist has made the case as a leader in modern jazz! In 2013 Jacob founded the Jacob Szekely Trio and released their debut EP which was hailed by critics from the Strad, Strings Magazine, International musician, The LA Weekly and artists from Yo-Yo Ma, to Rush Bassist Geddy Lee as a Quantum leap forward in pushing the boundaries of the instrument.  In 2015 Jacobs trio released their debut album which made several year end top ten lists for JazzEd, International Review of Music and several others.

Mr. Szekely is also in great demand as a sideman and session player in Los Angeles having appeared in hundreds of commercials, television shows and movie scores. Jacob has been a featured performer or solo cellist with such popular artists as Marry J Blidge, Jay Z, Ellie Goulding, Avril Lavigne and Rush and on such Television shows as Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, and The Sarah Connor Chronicles to name a few.



Point Richmond Jazz (View)
201 Martina St.
Point Richmond, CA 94801
United States

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Music > All Ages
Music > Indie
Music > Jazz
Music > Rock

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Point Richmond Jazz
On BPT Since: Apr 27, 2013
Kit Eakle