Last Jazz Friday I wrote about prodigy Joey Alexander and received a lot of feedback from readers that are now Joey Alexander fans. So this time I thought I’d cover another prodigy, Jacob Collier. Jacob’s parents are both musicians with the Royal Academy of Music in London and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
In addition to the ability to play the keyboard and just about any stringed instrument, Jacob has a 4-octave voice. In 2011 he went viral with his YouTube video rendition of Pure Imagination. My favorite, although, is Fascinating Rhythm. Jacob is ridiculously talented and at just 22, understands harmony in ways that I’ll never figure out in my lifetime. He’s now working with Quincy Jones and I expect we’ll be hearing more from Jacob in the future.