Jacob Mann with Alex Hahn, Gabe Martin, Jon Hatamiya, Tim McKay, Corbin Jones and Ryan McDiarmid
This concert is the world premiere a new composition entitled Go Metro: A Musical Portrait of LA’s Metro Rail Lines commissioned by the Los Angeles Jazz Society’s New Note program
In Jacob’s words: “One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2017 was to start using public transit. I lived fairly close to the South Pasadena Gold Line station, and the train seemed like a good way to occasionally save money on gas and parking. Once I started taking the Gold Line downtown through the hills of Northeast LA, I realized that I was seeing the city in a completely new way. Watching neighborhoods gradually change on journeys from the Downtown stations to Santa Monica, Long Beach, and Azusa has really opened my eyes to Los Angeles’ vastness and diversity. Even on the underground lines with no city views, riding with passengers of all ages and backgrounds – brought together by the common goal of traveling from point A to point B – feels much more human than sitting on the freeway in my isolation bubble of a car. I’m looking forward to the completion of Metro’s new rail projects, and to a day when I can take the train anywhere I need to go!”
Jacob Mann is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, and arranger from Las Vegas, Nevada. Currently based in Los Angeles, he is a founding member of jazz/funk groups Max Ox, Shrek Is Love, and the JacobMann Big Band.
As a sideman, he has performed with Louis Cole, Genevieve Artadi, Sam Wilkes, Lee Ritenour, Moonchild, Jacob Collier, Bob Mintzer Big Band, Michael Mayo, and Grace Kelly. Since 2017 Mann has played with the funk/pop/jazz group KNOWER in over thirty countries. Notable venues and festivals include Red Rocks, Blue Note Tokyo, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Jazz a La Villette and North Sea Jazz Festival. In October 2018, he accompanied singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
As an arranger, Mann has worked with Peter Erskine, Julie Kelly, Richard Smith and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. His original big band compositions have been performed around the world by high school, college, and regional professional bands.
Mann may be most well-known for his “One Minute Jazz Lessons” YouTube series, which aims to teach jazz one minute at a time.