Jesse Cook – CT Presents

A Carolina Theatre Presents event

A career spanning 25 years has brought this Canadian guitarist multiple accolades including a coveted Acoustic Guitar Magazine ‘Player’s Choice Silver Award’, eleven Juno Award nominations (he won for 2001’s ‘Free Fall’), a Gemini Award, and ten platinum and gold studio albums.

As a child, Jesse Cook was introduced to flamenco while spending summers at his father’s house in the Camargue region of southern France. John Cook’s neighbor happened to be Nico Reyes, guitarist for The Gypsy Kings. Meanwhile his mother, Heather Cook, enrolled him in Toronto’s prestigious Eli Kassner Guitar Academy.

Cook’s musical education continued at the world-renowned Royal Conservatory, Toronto’s York University, and the esteemed Berklee College in Boston. He set his sights on a career as a composer. That was until an Ontario cable TV company aired his music on the listings channel.

This proved to be a critical turning point, leading Cook to self-produce his debut album Tempest at home using an eight-track recorder and one microphone. He delivered the initial run of 1,000 CDs from the plant to the distributor in his car. Those humble beginnings quickly sparked a mighty international career.

Part of Cook’s international appeal is reflected in his compositional style mixing flamenco with everything from classical and jazz to Zydeco, blues and Brazilian samba. Cook has sold out concert halls the world over, produced five PBS television specials, and five live CD’s. Along with being a global guitar virtuoso, he’s honed his skills as a composer, producer, arranger, performer, and, more recently, a filmmaker and cultural ambassador.

Tickets are $50, $40, $35, $30 or $25, depending on seat location.
Ticket Commissions: A $5 processing fee and NC Sales tax will be added to each ticket.

Our CT Presents ’23-’24 season is sponsored in part by Piedmont Natural Gas.