“Inspired by a class of exceptional jazz flautists fluent as multi-instrumentalists, Jacobs has established himself as a versatile musician who crosses over genres as easily as he moves between flute, saxophone and microphone.” – Earshot Jazz
Bernie Jacobs has been a professional musician for over 40 years and effortlessly transitions between instrument and vocals through rhythm and blues, jazz, and pop landscapes. He performs around Seattle with his own group BJQ as well as with ensembles.
Called a “triple threat” by Seattle Garfield High School jazz instructor Clarence Acox, Bernie Jacobs sings and plays flute and as well as soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone. He is a self-taught musician who has performed professionally for more than 40 years.
Originating in Norfolk, Virginia, Bernie played “the B3 (Hammond organ) circuit” throughout the mid-Atlantic states as a member of the International Jazz Artists. In the 80s, Bernie was fortunate to play with drummer Billy Drummond and saxophonists Steve Wilson and Sam Newsome, who are now among the busiest musicians on the New York scene. Bernie has performed with legendary arranger Bob Hammer, who has written arrangements specifically for Bernie to sing, as well as with Consuela Lee Moorhead, the well-known jazz educator and aunt of Spike Lee. Bassist Victor Wooten and drummer Roy Wooten were members of her group.
Bernie plays a wide variety of music, including rhythm and blues, straight-ahead jazz, and pop. In addition to performing with his own group, BJQ, Bernie has sung with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and Full Circle Ensemble, and he is front man for drummer André Thomas’ Quiet Fire. He often performs as a guest artist or sideman with other Seattle area groups, including Clarence Acox’s Legacy Band as well as various ensembles led by drummer Greg Williamson.
Bernie performs regularly at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, Grazie’s Italian Ristorante in Bothell, and other venues around Seattle.