The Artists - Jakob Dinesen

Jakob Dinesen, born March 6, 1968, was the Danish bandleader at the Project 2004. His JAZZPAR Quartet featured himself on tenor sax, Ben Besiakov on piano, Eddie Gómez on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums.

Jakob Dinesen began on the tenor when he was 16 and was taught by Bob Rockwell and Fredrik Lundin among others. He studied at The Berklee College of Music 1990-91 and graduated from the Danish Rhythmic Music Conservatory 1999.

Jakob Dinesen has played in countless constellations with most of the major Danish musicians playing modern jazz. But it was in the trendsetting Once Around The Park that a really personal side of his playing was revealed for the first time. The band name originates from a composition by Paul Motian, who has been a great source of inspiration for Jakob Dinesen. Other musicians who have inspired are Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Eric Dolphy and Thelonious Monk.

Dinesen can play the jazz standards with intensely swinging raw power. When he writes original music he always uses the piano. He has one leg comfortably in the post-bebop, and the other in something modern here-and-now. It’s the open point of view – the vibe – that makes the difference, Dinesen says. His lines are energetic and self-assured, and his tone is disciplined with body and soul and wonderfully free of gimmicks.

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