November 27, 2012 · 6:30 PM
I've never seen him in concert, but based on some of the videos, we're in for a treat. Here are links to a few samples and his website.
The Tonight Show
Please click here for tickets.
At 18 months old Jacob Armen entered the world of jazz music. Playing drums alongside his father, Albert Armen, with his keyboards, the two took center stage at the family's restaurant, the Magic Lamp. Perhaps because of his Armenian ancestry (his parents born in Iran), the prodigy showed a seemingly innate feeling for picking up the intricate musical time signatures common to that part of the world.
By age 6 Jacob was performing with a 20-piece jazz ensemble conducted by Professor of Music and Jazz Studies, Joel Leach. With Professor Leach as mentor, numerous television and radio interviews followed including ABC's Good Morning America, NBC's Today Show, and Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, where Jacob performed with Doc Severinson and his jazz band. In just two short years, at the age of 8, Jacob had performed with jazz ensembles around the world. During this time, Prince had discovered Jacob and signed him for 7 years as an artist for Paisley Park Enterprises, which later became NPG Records. Prince was quoted mentioning in an interview that Jacob was “the most frightening drummer” he had ever heard.
When his contract ended, Jacob went on to form his own record label, JAAB Records, and cut his 2nd album, Breakthrough. Now, Jacob Armen is in the process of releasing his double-album When Drums Conduct! It features guest appearances by some of the industry's finest musicians and world-renowned GRAMMY Award winning artists such as: Daron Malakian, Victor Wooten, Poncho Sanchez, Patrick Moraz, and Djivan Gasparyan.
Parking: Fillmore Center Garage [masked]
1345 Fillmore St (Entrance on Eddy between Fillmore & Steiner)
Parked there once. Conveniently located and reasonably priced.