Jesse Arnaud Cook is a Canadian guitarist. 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][3]

Jesse Cook
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Background information
Birth nameJesse Arnaud Cook
BornNovember 28, 1964
Paris, France
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
Genresnew flamenco, world music, ethno jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Instrument(s)Classical guitar
Years active1995–present
LabelsNarada, EMI, E1

Life and careerEdit

Cook was born November 28, 1964 in Paris, France to Canadian photographer and filmmaker John Cook and Canadian television director and producer Heather Cook.[4]

Cook studied in classical and jazz guitar at Canada's Royal Conservatory of Music, York University, and Berklee College of Music in the United States.[5] He has often quipped[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Cook has recorded ten studio albums, five live DVDs and has traveled the world exploring musical traditions that he has blended into his style of rumba flamenca.[citation needed]

In 1998, Cook was nominated for a Juno Award as Instrumental Artist of the Year.[6] In 2001, he received a Juno Nomination for Best Male Artist.[citation needed] In 2001, Cook won a Juno Award in the Best Instrumental Album category for Free Fall.[citation needed] In 2009, he was Acoustic Guitar's Player's Choice Award silver winner in the Flamenco category (gold went to Paco de Lucia).[4] He is a three-time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz award for Guitarist of the Year[1] and numerous other awards.

In 2011, Cook began filming, directing, and editing his own music videos[citation needed] with the release of Virtue. He has since directed, filmed, and edited eight music videos, 16 episodes of Friday Night Music, and produced, edited, and mixed the PBS Concert Special Jesse Cook, Beyond Borders.[citation needed]

Cook has said of his music: "If you go to Spain and you play [my] music, they’ll say, what is this? They don’t recognize it as Flamenco because it’s not, it’s a hybrid. I love Flamenco, but I also love world music, jazz, pop, Brazilian Samba, and Persian music."[7]


Studio albumsEdit

Live albumsEdit

  • Montréal (2004)

Compilation albumEdit

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

Video albumsEdit

Concert Specials / DVDs Title Album Details Certifications Nominations/Awards
One Night at the Metropolis 2007 DVD – EMI[8] Platinum[9] DVD Nominated Juno Award – Music DVD of the Year[6]
The Rumba Foundation 2009 DVD – EMI[10]
Jesse Cook: Live in Concert 2012 DVD - Coach House Films
Jesse Cook: Live at the Bathurst Street Theatre 2013 DVD - Coach House Films
Jesse Cook: Beyond Borders 2019 DVD - Coach House Films

Other appearancesEdit

Other compilation appearancesEdit

  • 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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Montalvo Arts Center Jesse Cook". Montalvo Arts Center. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  2. ^ Fischer, Sophia (26 January 2015). "Groove to Jesse Cook's Upbeat Flamenco Tunes". Pepperdine. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Conversation with Jesse Cook".
  4. ^ a b "Jesse Cook Boulder Theater". Boulder Theater. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 April 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Music Award-Winning World Musician Jesse Cook Shares Life on the Road". Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  8. ^ "One Night at the Metropolis". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Artist Summary Jesse Cook". Music Canada. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Rumba Foundation". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 July 2015.

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