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Jacob Dupre - Sweetwater Keyboard Artist
Jacob Dupre is a fifth generation musician and composer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the Sweetwater Keyboard Artist. He plays piano, trumpet, bass, drums, is a vocalist, composer/arranger, songwriter, and studio musician. He has performed as a soloist and group member throughout the U.S. and has toured internationally. He has performed and recorded with renowned artists such as Addison Agen (The Voice, 2017), Christiana Danielle (The Voice, 2018), Paul Gilbert, Kris Kristofferson, Kenny Rogers, Ray Benson, and Charlie Sexton. Jacob has also played with legendary jazz performers and composers such as Bill Watrous, Peter Erskine, John Fedchock, Bob Sheppard, Dennis Mackrel, Butch Miles, Bill Kirchner, the Dave Rivello Ensemble, and Bill Holeman. In 2017, Jacob joined the Glenn Miller Orchestra on piano and performed in both the U.S. and Japan. He has performed at venues and festivals such as Orchard Hall, The Blue Note, and the Cotton Club (all in Tokyo), Billboard Live in Osaka, SXSW 2017 in an official showcase with his group the "Jacob Dupre Quintet", the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and in Kodak Hall as guest soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
Jacob showed a gift for music early on and began his formal music training at the age of four. Jacob continued to study privately, and while a student playing in elementary and middle school bands, he was selected for All Parish ensembles and participated in multiple jazz festivals, earning top scholarships and awards. As a high school musician, he was selected to both Jazz and Classical All State Ensembles on both piano and trumpet. In 2014, he graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media. He is also a 2016 graduate of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas of Austin where he earned a masters degree in music. In 2014, he was nominated for the American Pianists Association Jazz Piano Fellowship Award.
Jacob supports his local arts community by performing for non-profit organizations, playing with community ensembles, and participating in outreach programs for young musicians. Since the age of six, he has been an active member of his Catholic faith, serving in various churches as a pastoral musician and accompanist.
In addition to his career as a musician and educator, Jacob has composed, arranged, and produced his own music for various projects including animation, films, music videos, jingles/ads, live shows, and musical/theater productions. His score for the short film The There, by Austin filmmaker Scott Cobb, has been featured in over 10 film festivals across the U.S. including the 2015 Hill Country Film Festival, 2015 Muscatine Film Festival, 2015 Bastrop Texas Film and Music Festival, 2015 Sun and Sands Film Festival, the 2016 Cinema on The Bayou Film Festival, and the 2016 San Antonio Film Festival.
Jacob is the Sweetwater Keyboard Artist. He works at Sweetwater, the largest online music retailer in the U.S., located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In this role, Jacob performs in a film studio to produce entertaining and informative musical content for Sweetwater's YouTube Channel. He also writes articles on various music-related topics for Sweetwater's online blog, InSync, and Sweetnotes Magazine. He works with a team of musicians, marketing and merchandising professionals, filmmakers, editors, photographers, writers, and other creatives. Jacob also works as a studio musician at Sweetwater Studios.
Jacob is honored to continue the music legacy which began five generations ago with his great, great uncle, Edward “Pinky” Gerbrecht, who was a pioneer New Orleans Jazz trumpeter and classical violinist. Music continued to be a defining element over the next five generations, which spawned many gifted performers and educators. Jacob's first piano teachers were his mother and grandmother, and his grandfather started him on trumpet. His father also plays trumpet in addition to his job as a civil engineer. His brother, John, is an outstanding young trumpet player who has trained on the collegiate level in both jazz and classical. Jacob is proud to continue his family's tradition. Aside from music, Jacob enjoys spending quality time with his wife Elisia and his family and friends back in Louisiana, fishing in the bayous of Houma, LA where his dad grew up, and watching a healthy amount of Netflix and college football. Geaux Tigers!