Mack Grout has been performing as a professional jazz pianist for the last twelve years. Born in 1985 in Seattle Washington, USA, Mack started studying music at the age of three. Studying classical piano seriously until age fourteen, he then became interested in jazz and blues music. In 2004 Mack won the National Louis Armstrong award, as well as scholarships to multiple schools including Berklee College of Music and Cornish College of the Arts.
In 2004 Mack started attending Cornish College of the Arts, where he majored in jazz piano performance and composition under his mentors, Dave Peck, Denney Goodhew, Chuck Deardorf and Jim Knapp. In 2008 Mack graduated magna cum laude and since has been working as a full time band leader, pianist, composer and instructor.
Mack has performed all around the United States in a large variety of bands, jazz and pop groups. He has performed internationally as a soloist and a band leader. In 2015 Mack returned to the United States after living and working abroad for several years as a musical director for international jazz clubs throughout Asia. Since his return he has been focusing on performing regionally and building his jazz piano school “Seattle Jazz Academy” which focuses on teaching pianists how to expand into playing jazz and how to improvise.