Steve Jacobson, jazz guitarist, composer and educator, lives and works in the Chicago area. Currently, he is adjunct faculty at Joliet Junior College and Lewis University.
The heart of Steve’s work is in jazz although he has also performed professionally in rock, blues, R&B, country, and musical theatre. He is a founding member of the Southland Jazz Ensemble, a professional jazz big band based in the south suburbs. Steve also performs with the Joliet Junior College Jazz Faculty Quintet, the Prairie State College Faculty Jazz Ensemble, in the duo FourOnSix with bassist Phil Brown, and leads various other ensembles under his own name.
Parts Unknown, Steve’s debut album, was recorded with the assistance of a grant received from the City of Chicago and the Illinois Arts Access Program. Other recordings include Darkness Into Light (a caldera productions), with Phil Brown; Big Band Basie and Clark Terry’s Express (Reference Recordings) with the DePaul Jazz Ensemble I; and Olympia Live (Cadence Jazz Records), with trumpeter Barbara Donald.
A native of Tacoma, Washington, Steve earned a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle), studying with Gary Peacock, Julian Priester and Dave Peterson; and completed a Master of Music in Jazz Composition at DePaul University (Chicago) under the guidance of Paul McKee, Bob Palmieri, and Bob Lark.