Inspired by Jazz, 50s and 60s instrumental music, and the modal subversions of 90s alternative rock, Jan Jakut explores American popular music with his guitar. After several years of performing, music publishing and teaching experience in Europe, Jan made his way to the US to learn about American Popular Music, first hand.
He studied for his Master’s degree in Jazz and Improvised Music with the Helen A. Reynolds Endowed Scholarship in Music and worked as Teaching Assistant at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Jan performs and records frequently on the West Coast, solo as well as with ensembles. With “Chord Yoga”, he publishes transcriptions of solo guitar performances and guitar methods, written for solo jazz & fingerstyle guitar. He is also responsible to transcribe music and write sheet music for the thriving online music community PickUp Music: it offers masterclasses, lessons and transcriptions covering different styles of popular music from Jazz to Neo Soul.
Based on his published work and his accomplishments as instrumentalist, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services granted him permanent residency, addressing extraordinary abilities in the arts.
“A few years ago, we filmed Bill Frisell performing a gorgeous solo version of “Embraceable You.” A young and very promising guitarist decided to transcribe it. Note: This was done with Bill’s permission and through all the correct song licensing channels. This is just a PSA on our part in case you want to channel your inner Frisell. And don’t we all?”
– Jason Verlinde, The Fretboard Journal