French-American jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson’s relationship to the piano has been compared to “Lebron James’ relationship to a 10 foot high basket. . . They could dunk in their sleep,” (JazzTimes). After winning the prestigious 1993 Thelonious Monk competition, he came through the venerable jazz university of Betty Carter, and went on to collaborate with vocalists both legendary and contemporary such as Jimmy Scott, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson. He is equally at home in the trio setting, where he continues Betty Carter’s tradition of discerning and employing only the finest young talent on the jazz scene. His current rhythm section includes the talents of Burniss Travis (bassist) and Justin Faulkner (drummer). Jacky’s music draws on the vast influences of himself and his band members, running the gamut from the swing music of the early 30s to the hard driving funk of the 70s, all with an intangible “joie de vivre” that only Terrasson can emote.