Jesse Cook News

The Montreal Gazette

On his eighth studio album, guitarist Cook steps away from his flamenco default and offers 15 moody, easylistening pieces, supposedly inspired by what he considered the spareness of Adele’s smash, 21. On the surface, the disc has an elevator-music smoothness that sends it receding into the background, but Cook’s relentless precision and perfect tonality on the nylon strings will not be denied. There’s an airy beauty to soft, atmospheric tracks like Diminished and Fields of Blue, with quiet blues (I Put a Spell on You), jazz (Miles Shorter) and bossa nova (Child’s Play) broadening the palette. Add the stirring, delicate interplay between Cook’s instrument and Chris Church’s violin and this aural sketchbook becomes an excursion filled with modest pleasures.

Rating: ***

Podworthy: Midnight


– Bernard Perusse




Jesse Cook has a full plate with his eighth studio album, The Blue Guitar Sessions, to be released on September 18 in Canada (September 25 in the U.S.); a European tour; a twenty-date national Canadian tour to take place in November/December; and a sixty-date U.S. tour to take place in the new year.  In addition, August will see the airing of a new television special on select Public Television stations in the U.S.

A project that will expose Cook’s extraordinary musicianship to a wider audience, “Jesse Cook – Live in Concert” debuts on Sunday, August 12 on WMHT in Albany, NY at 9:00pm.  Jesse Cook will also make a special appearance on WMHT for an in-studio interview.  Other Public Television stations that will feature in-studio interviews with Jesse Cook include:

  • WLVT in Allentown, PA on August 14 at 7:00pm
  • CPTV in Hartford, CT on August 14 at 10:00pm
  • WQED/WQEX in Pittsburgh, PA on August 15 at 8:00pm
  • KBDI in Denver, CO on August 16 at 7:00pm
  • KBTC in Tacoma, WA on August 17 at 8:00pm
  • WPBA in Atlanta, GA on August 18 at 10:00pm

The sixty-minute concert footage was shot at the Rose Theatre in Brampton, Ontario in May, introduced at a PBS convention in Denver a few weeks later and rapidly gained momentum amongst programmers at the network stations.  More than thirty Public Television stations have signed on to broadcast the production that begins airing on August 12, 2012 and will continue through to December 2012.

“Jesse Cook – Live in Concert” will air in the following cities in the upcoming months:  WPBA in Atlanta, MD PTV in Maryland, SC Net in South Carolina, KAWE and KAWB in Minneapolis, WGBY in Springfield, KNME in Albuquerque, KBDI in Denver, KAET in Phoenix, KUAT in Tucson, KNPB in Reno, WXEL in West Palm Beach and Miami, KOCE in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, KVCR in Palm Springs, WLVT in Allentown and Philadelphia, WTTW in Chicago, K32EO in Colorado, WTVS in Detroit, KBTC and KCKA in Seattle and Tacoma, WNPT in Nashville, CT PTV in Connecticut, WQED and WQEX in Pittsburgh, KLRN in San Antonio, KAMU in Waco, WMHT in Albany, and Oregon Net in Oregon.

For a sneak peek of “Jesse Cook – Live in Concert”, visit


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.