Jakob Bro

“Much of my music is constructed around melodies. My compositions are almost like a song. But within the frame I set up with a melody, a lot of things can happen. New layers of music are constantly added to the vocabulary, and when you play, you unconsciously get to a new place.”
 
 
Jakob Bro was born in Denmark in 1978. His father had a big band in which Bro began playing tambourine before he could even walk. Later, he switched from trumpet to guitar after discovering the music of Jimi Hendrix. He went on to study at Denmark’s Royal Academy of Music, Boston’s Berklee School and the New School in New York.
 
Bro is a former member of Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band and continues to play with the Tomasz Stanko Quintet alongside his projects as band leader. His own [...]
“Much of my music is constructed around melodies. My compositions are almost like a song. But within the frame I set up with a melody, a lot of things can happen. New layers of music are constantly added to the vocabulary, and when you play, you unconsciously get to a new place.”
 
 
Jakob Bro was born in Denmark in 1978. His father had a big band in which Bro began playing tambourine before he could even walk. Later, he switched from trumpet to guitar after discovering the music of Jimi Hendrix. He went on to study at Denmark’s Royal Academy of Music, Boston’s Berklee School and the New School in New York.
 
Bro is a former member of Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band and continues to play with the Tomasz Stanko Quintet alongside his projects as band leader. His own albums to date have featured an exceptional roster of musicians, including Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Bley, Chris Cheek, Thomas Morgan, Ben Street, Mark Turner, Craig Taborn, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Andrew D’Angelo, Chris Speed, George Garzone, Oscar Noriega, David Virelles and others.
 
Bro made his first ECM appearance as a member of drummer Paul Motian's twin-sax/triple-guitar band on the late drummer's Garden of Eden (2006). Three years later he returned, this time as a member of Tomasz Stanko's trans-European quintet on Dark Eyes. Finally, in 2015, the label released Gefion, Bro’s warmly received debut as leader of a trio featuring Californian bassist Thomas Morgan and the legendary Jon Christensen on drums. Mike Gates of UK Vibe praised the trio’s “landscapes of sound that are achingly beautiful, sparse, yet full bodied at the same time”. Of his trio work, Bro himself has said: “The trio has been the constellation that has allowed me to focus on my solo voice. It's an expression where I feel nothing is missing.”
 
A second ECM trio album, with Thomas Morgan and Joey Baron was recorded in November 2015.
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YEAR DATE Artist VENUE LOCATION
2024 March 06 Jakob Bro / Palle Mikkelborg / Marilyn Mazur

"Strands" w/ Midori Takada / Anja Lechner

Bimhuis Amsterdam, Netherlands
2024 March 07 Jakob Bro / Palle Mikkelborg / Marilyn Mazur

"Strands" w/ Midori Takada / Anja Lechner

deSingel Antwerp, Belgium
2024 March 08 Jakob Bro / Palle Mikkelborg / Marilyn Mazur

"Strands" w/ Midori Takada / Anja Lechner

Flagey Brussels, Belgium
2024 March 15 Jakob Bro

w/ Palle Mikkelborg, Jorge Rossy

Dunkers Kulturhus Helsingborg, Sweden
2024 May 25 Jakob Bro / Palle Mikkelborg / Marilyn Mazur

"Strands"

Gnisten Ry, Denmark
2024 May 26 Jakob Bro / Palle Mikkelborg / Marilyn Mazur

"Strands"

Gnisten Ry, Denmark
2024 August 11 Jakob Bro / Palle Mikkelborg / Marilyn Mazur

"Strands"

Kultursalonerne Gisselfeld Haslev, Denmark