Jesse Cook News

Jesse Cook Announces The Blue Guitar Tour – Canada 2012

Award-winning guitar phenomenon Jesse Cook is set to release his eighth studio album.  The Blue Guitar Sessions will be released in Canada on September 18 and in the U.S. on September 25.

“I wanted to make a record that was more personal”, says Cook.  “Something intimate with more space to it than my previous work, the kind of music that I would want to listen to after midnight.  I guess you could call it my grown-up album.”

Based in Toronto, Jesse Cook has been recording and performing music internationally for over seventeen years.  He is a JUNO Award-winning artist and three-time recipient of the Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for “Guitarist of the Year”.  His previous release, The Rumba Foundation, debuted at #1 on iTunes Canada and the DVD for the release premiered on PBS.

The past two years have seen Cook tour extensively to sold-out crowds throughout the world, performing at both the Singapore and Dubai Jazz Festivals, the Cumbre Tajín Festival in Mexico, and electrifying audiences from the U.S. to Italy to Lebanon.  With over one million album sales worldwide, Jesse Cook has spawned a truly global fan base

Following the release of The Blue Guitar Sessions, Jesse Cook will launch a twenty-date national tour.  The dates are as follows:

November 14 Saint John, NB Imperial Theatre
November 15 Moncton, NB The Centre
November 16 Fredericton, NB The Fredericton Playhouse
November 17/18 Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
November 22 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
November 23 Kitchener, ON Centre In The Square
November 28 Ottawa, ON National Arts Centre
November 29 Montreal, QC Wilfrid-Pelletier Place Des Arts
December 1 Quebec City, QC Grand Théâtre De Quebec
December 2 Trois Rivières, QC Théâtre Du Cégep
December 6 Winnipeg, MB Pantages Playhouse Theatre
*December 7 Regina, SK Casino Regina
*December 9 Saskatoon, SK TCU Place – Sid Buckwold Theatre
December 11 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
December 12 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
December 13 Kamloops, BC Kamloops Convention Centre
December 14 Victoria, BC Royal Theatre
December 15 Qualicum Beach, BC Civic Centre
December 16 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre

See the Tours page for more info.


Jesse Cook – Live at The Rose Theatre (Brampton)

The trailer or “teaser” of the new Jesse Cook television special is now live on YouTube!

Filmed May 2, 2012 at The Rose Theatre Brampton, the show includes songs from the new album and fan favourites.


Brampton Guardian

Toronto-based guitarist Jesse Cook will bring his jazzy latin- and world-influenced music to the Rose Theatre May 2 at 7:30 p.m for a special performance.

The master of Latin rhythms will be taking a live television special during the Brampton concert, which takes place on the theatre’s main stage. The television special will focus on

Cook’s upcoming album The Blue Guitar and will be targeted for Bravo! in Canada and PBS in the U.S. Cook said his team also plans to use some of the footage in music videos for his newer songs.

“We were looking all over southern Ontario for a theatre which met our requirements. Because of the cameras, we needed a certain size, not too big or it would look cavernous, not too small and with the amenities of a world class hall, so we could fly screens and backdrops for the projections and special effects we have planned,” explained Cook.

“Having shot my first two PBS Specials at the Montreal Jazz Festival, I really felt it was time for a change. I really wanted to shoot this one here in Ontario, where I live and where I got my start.”

Cook has recorded seven studio albums in the last 15 years with his latest recording reflecting his Cuban roots. This special engagement, at the Rose Theatre, means Cook and his team will bring “a much grander show” to the Rose Theatre stage than ever before.

“There will be full screen projections and special guests, Canadian chanteuse Emma-Lee, among them,” he said. Also, those in the audience will have a good shot of appearing in some of the footage, as there will be many cameras throughout the audience.

In addition to new material from The Blue Guitar, cook promises to play a range of songs from his popular repertoire.

Ticket packages to this special performance range in price from $59.50 to $99.50, and offer special opportunities such as autographed posters, copies of his CD and a post-show reception.

For more call 905-874-2800 or visit or


– Ashley Goodfellow