The Abby Whiteside Foundation
Michael Kanan and Stefan Vasnier
2019 Sophia Rosoff Concert Series
Jacob Sacks & Friends
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 8pm
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

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Jacob Sacks - piano
Yoon Sun Choi - voice
Miranda Sielaff - viola
Kristi Helberg - violin
Mike McGinnis - clarinet

Works by: To be announced

Jacob Sacks is one of the most creative pianists on the NYC jazz scene today. His strong individual voice has been heard in a variety of settings ranging from the mainstream jazz traditions of the Mingus Big Band and Orchestra to the open approach of the Paul Motian Septet.

Originally from Michigan, Jacob was a 1995 Presidential Scholar In The Arts before he moved to New York City to study with Garry Dial at the Manhattan School Of Music. After graduation in 1998, Jacob was a finalist in the 1999 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.

In the last 15 years, Jacob has been a member of many different ensembles, recorded over 40 albums, and has toured the United States, Europe, and Canada annually. He has performed with musicians such as Clark Terry, Joe Maneri, Terumasa Hino, Charles Gayle, Eddie Henderson, Michael Formanek, Brandon Seabrook, Tony Malaby, Jacob Garchik, Ben Gerstein, Ohad Talmor, Tim Berne, Ellery Eskelin, Mark Turner, Ben Monder, Adam Rogers, Kenny Wollesen, and Matt Wilson.

Current projects include a longstanding duo with vocalist Yoon Sun Choi, with whom Jacob recently released a critically acclaimed album of Joe Raposo's music; the Jacob Sacks Trio with drummer Dan Weiss and bassist Thomas Morgan; and the quartet "Two Miles A Day" co-led with bassist Eivind Opsvik, featuring violist Mat Maneri and drummer Billy Mintz.

Jacob currently resides in Brooklyn where he is working on several recording projects and teaching 15 or so students in his private practice.






Yoon Sun Choi has spent more than two decades capturing listeners with her uncompromising, freewheeling and beautiful style and the breadth of her musical vision.

A Korean-Canadian improvising vocalist and pianist, Choi has been based in NYC since 2000. Her main musical projects are her E-String Band, a toy instrument band consisting of toy piano, ukulele, melodica, guitar and percussion; the Yoon Sun Choi Quartet; and her long collaborative duo with pianist Jacob Sacks. All About Jazz calls her 2008 duo recording with Sacks ("Imagination - The Music of Joe Raposo") one of the Best Vocal recordings and Best Tribute recordings of the year.

Choi has performed and collaborated with renown artists such as Jane Ira Bloom, Samir Chatterjee, Steve Coleman, Mark Dresser, Mark Elias, Gerry Hemmingway, D.D. Jackson, Oliver Lake, Mat Maneri, Ben Monder, Jen Shyu, the Tri-Centric Orchestra, Sarah Weaver, Kenny Werner and the late Kenny Wheeler.

Choi received a BMus in classical piano and composition at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and a BMus in voice and jazz performance at the University of Toronto. She has studied with vocal coach Thomas Schilling and pianist Sofia Rosoff.