Ten platinum and gold studio albums. Five concert DVDs and live discs. Five PBS specials. One Juno Award. Eleven nominations. One Gemini Award. Three Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards. One Acoustic Guitar Magazine Player’s Choice Silver Award. Thousands of concerts in dozens of countries. Millions of YouTube views and audio streams. Countless fans around the globe. And a career that’s celebrating its 25th year and counting.
Not a bad legacy for a guy who never planned to release an album.
“If you had asked me at age 22, I would have said that I would never, never make music for the public,” Jesse Cook says with a laugh. “I would have told you that the public is much too fickle — they may love you one minute and forget you the next. Well, it turns out I did the thing I said I’d never do, and somehow it’s worked out.”
Since launching his career with 1995’s Tempest, Cook has blazed an incredible trail. Along with being a global-guitar virtuoso, he’s honed his skills as a composer, producer, arranger, performer and, recently, filmmaker and cultural ambassador.
As Cook embarks on the next 25 years of his unexpected career — “I feel like I’m just getting started,” he says — he’s still learning and growing, still chasing dreams and goals. He’s eager to discover the next stage in his musical evolution, eyeing a switch from albums to singles with videos. He wants to play Carnegie Hall. Mostly, he wants to keep travelling the globe, bringing people together with his art and message of unity.
*Please note: This performance is a rental production and discounts offered by Confederation Centre of the Arts are not applicable.