Jacques Lesure
Lecturer, Global Jazz Studies

Seasoned guitarist Jacques Lesure plays, teaches, and presents all over the United States and abroad. Jacques strives to create and nurture a love and appreciation for the tradition of jazz as an original, American art form, birthed in the African- American culture. He emphasizes how the sound is the root and foundation of music today.

Currently a resident of Los Angeles, California, Jacques Lesure is originally from Detroit, Michigan. Jacques has performed with many great artists in music: Kenny Burrell, Oscar Brown Jr., Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine, Freddy Cole, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Jack McDuff, Les McCann, Carmen Lundy, Oliver Lake, Paula West, Pharaoh Sanders, and many others. He has collaborated in the creation of and performed in a variety of stage plays, movie scores, and special projects made for television. His career spans over 30 years.

Jacques is also very active in the community and mentors many of today’s up-and-coming musicians in the greater Los Angeles area. He is the Musical Director for the Living Legends Foundation and former president of the African American Jazz Caucus. Jacques is a national adjudicator, judging student competitions across the nation and he is an Artist Teacher for Music LA, and The Dolo Coker Jazz Foundation.

Alison Deane
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Hitomi Oba
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Ruth Price
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Roberto Miranda
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Arturo O’Farrill
Director, UCLA Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; Professor
Steven Loza
Director of the UCLA Center for Latino Arts; Professor and Chair of Global Jazz Studies

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