Donald Jacobs


Donald Jacobs

Donald Jacobs (Clarinet and Saxophone) played at Maxwell Street’s founding in 1983. He graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, and has studied with clarinet masters Sid Beckerman, Richard Corpolongo, George Silfies and James Stoynoff.  Don recorded on three of Maxwell Street’s CD, toured Europe and with Lyric Opera in their first klezmer opera, “The Property,” and composed several original pieces and arrangements for the band.  Don's touring career has included two trips to Jewish festivals in London, Vienna and Germany, three Danish tours, and many festivals in the U.S. and Canada.  He also plays with Las Guitarras de España and the Jazmer Ensemble, both Chicago-based groups. Don specializes in Balkan music. He has recorded with all the above-mentioned groups, and with the Balkan Rhythm Band.  Now a resident of Houston, TX, Don is the assistant band director at Lanier Middle School. He plays with “The Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas,” and also plays gypsy jazz music. He enjoys returning to Chicago to play with Maxwell Street and others.  

 

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