Jesse Cook News

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.

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– Ashley Goodfellow