Jakob Bro (1978) is a Danish guitar player and composer living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

He is currently leading a trio with Joey Baron and Thomas Morgan and a quartet with Palle Mikkelborg, Thomas Morgan and Jon Christensen. In the spring of 2018 the quartet released a highly acclaimed album Returnings through ECM Records. In October 2018 the trio will be releasing a new ECM album, Bay Of Rainbows, recorded at the Jazz Standard in New York. Bro is also working with his tentet with Jesper Zeuthen, Peter Laugesen, Andrew D’Angelo, Chris Speed, Kresten Osgood, Jakob Høyer, Thomas Morgan, AC, Nikolaj Torp-Larsen and Søren Kjærgaard and he is currently composing music for a new choir project together with his long time friend and associate trumpet player Jakob Buchanan.

Jakob Bro is a former member of Paul Motian & The Electric Bebop Band (Garden of Eden, ECM – 2006) and of Tomasz Stanko’s Dark Eyes Quintet (Dark Eyes, ECM – 2009).

He has released 15 records as a bandleader including musicians like Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Bley, Chris Cheek, Thomas Morgan, Ben Street, Mark Turner, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Andrew D’Angelo, Chris Speed, George Garzone, Craig Taborn, Oscar Noriega, David Virelles, Jon Christensen, Jesper Zeuthen, Anders Christensen, Peter Laugesen, Kresten Osgood, Jakob Høyer, Nicolai Munch-Hansen, Jonas Westergaard, Søren Kjærgaard, Nikolaj Torp Larsen and many more.

He has toured in Japan, China, South Korea, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, South Africa, USA and most of Europe.

Awards and Recognitions

• 2018: Downbeats 66th Annual Critics Poll winner “Rising Star Guitar”
• 2016: The Carl Prize – Jazz Composer of the Year (for the album Gefion)
• 2015: Danish Music Award – Danish Jazz Album of the Year (for the album Gefion)
• 2014: Nomination – The Nordic Council Music Prize (for Balladeering/Time/December Song)
• 2013: The Carl Prize – Jazz Composer of the Year (for the album Bro/Knak)
• 2013: Danish Music Award – Danish Crossover Album of the Year (for the album Bro/Knak)
• 2013: Jazz Special Prize – Danish Jazz Album of the Year (for the album December Song)
• 2013: The Jazznyt Prize (for the album December Song)
• 2012: DJBFA’s honorary award (from the organisation Danish Jazz, Beat and Folk Authors)
• 2012: The Danish Arts Foundation reward (for the album Bro/Knak)
• 2010: Danish Music Award – Danish Jazz Album of the Year (for the album Balladeering)
• 2009: Jazz Special Prize – Danish Jazz Album of the Year (for the album Balladeering)
• 2007: The Danish Arts Foundation reward (for the album Pearl River)
• 2006: Danish Music Award – Danish Jazz Album of the Year (for the album Sidetracked)
• 2006: Danish Music Award – Danish Crossover Album of the Year (for Sidetracked)
• 2003: Danish Music Award – New Danish Jazz Artist of the Year (for Beautiful Day)