In his first outing as a leader, Jacob Szekely has created a unique musical tapestry that incorporates the richness of jazz improvisation, the structure of classical music, and the edginess of rock into its own alchemy – which Szekely calls “rock chamber jazz.” A risk taker who generally goes with the first takes in the studio, his work expands the sonic culture of the cello and showcases the influences of classical, jazz, funk, rock, and East Indian music. His compositions are highly complex, yet always have groove at their core.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Szekely studied classical cello performance at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy before attending the Cleveland Institute of Music for his bachelor’s degree and the University of Southern California for graduate studies. In 2013, Jacob founded the Jacob Szekely Trio. In addition to Szekely (cello), the trio includes Dennis Hamm (piano/keyboards) and Christopher Allis (drums).