He's one of the most acclaimed jazz pianists of the last quarter century, and his new Blue Note album 53 demonstrates why. Get to know Jacky Terrasson, our TALENT SCOUT Artist of the Week.

NAME: Jacky Terrasson

HOMETOWN: Paris and New York.

MUSICAL TRAINING: Classical training at first, then jazz studies with Jeff Gardner. From 1985-86 I studied at the Berklee College of Music. And I'm still enrolled in classical studies at Conservatoir Regional de Paris.

FIRST GIGS: With Al Singer (who just turned 100 years old). Also Guy Laffitte and Barney Wilen (my first recording). Then Dee Dee Bridgwater, plus Ray Brown and Pierre Boussaguet ("Two Bass Hits").

MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, VSOP, Shirley Horn, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc, and more.

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WHAT I’M LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW: Not much, in fact. I'm trying to keep writing original music.

MY BIG BREAK: Winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 1993, followed by signing with Blue Note Records.

LATEST PROJECTS: My new album is entitled 53, out now on Blue Note Records. It features all original compositions with three trios.

FAVORITE KEYBOARDS AND WHY? Steinway pianos, the Korg Kronos, and the Phoenix.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU? I just released an album and I'm starting to think about next one. There is also a movie coming out in December entitled LA SINCÉRITÉ in which I have a part as an actor.

ADVICE TO THE NEXT GENERATION: Read, see movies, go to museums, love, play, play, play!

For more information visit jackyterrasson.com