Jacob Koller

Jacob Koller

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“”What puts him on the jazz map is his sheer virtuosity and the vast expanse of the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic landscape his music creates.” Honolulu Weekly

Biography

Jacob Koller (piano)
A Phoenix native, Jacob began playing piano at age 4. At age 5 he gave his first recital and before entering high school had won over 10 classical piano competitions including the Arizona Yamaha Piano Competition.

At age 14 he discovered his true passion of improvisation and composition when he joined his high school jazz band. Due to his natural musical ability and proficient technique he picked up on jazz very rapidly and within one year was performing all over the Phoenix area with Arizona’s top jazz musicians including Dennis Roland and Jesse McGuire.

He attended Arizona State University on a full jazz scholarship where he studied classical piano with Reyna Aschaffenberg and jazz piano with Chuck Mahronic. He has studied privately with Kenny Werner, Fred Hersch, Phil Strange, Uri Caine and Angie Sanchez. He also attended The School for Improvised Music in Manhattan, The Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles and The Banff Summer Jazz Workshop in Canada all on a full tuition scholarship. In 2007 Jacob was selected as one of 5 finalists from all over the United States in the prestigious Cole Porter Jazz Piano Fellowship. He was also rewarded for his compositions in the “Julius Hemphill Jazz Composition Contest” in 2000.

Professionally he has toured, recorded and performed all over the world with musicians like Tony Malaby, Terence Blanchard, Mark Dresser, Brian Allen, Kohji Fujika, Coppe, DJ Kensei, Martin Denny, Ricky Woodard and Abe Lagrimas.

Discography

Self Titled Solo Piano 2005
Bridges 2006
Music for Bowlers 2007

Set List

We can play for as long as needed.