Donald Jacobs


Donald Jacobs

Donald Jacobs, clarinet and saxophone, started playing Klezmer music in 1983, and shortly thereafter began playing with Maxwell Street. 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. 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. Don's touring career has included two trips to Jewish festivals in London, Vienna and Germany, three Danish tours, Lyric Opera's World Premiere of the first Klezmer Opera, The Property and many festivals in the U.S. and Canada. Don also teaches clarinet and saxophone in the Chicago area. Don and his wife Maria live in Evanston.

 

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