A regular performer in Chicago's music scene since he was 12, Will spent the past 9 years honing his soulful style the old-fashioned way – four years as guitarist for Grammy-winning NTHS jazz band, playing blues/rock/jazz clubs, sitting in with Chicago’s finest bluesmen and as a guitarist in a Southside Chicago gospel band. These combined experiences led him to his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2011.
Will’s first band, "Dirty Deal" attracted both local and international attention. In 2009, they performed at the International Blues Showcase in Memphis (having won the Chicago Blues Challenge-youth division). Competing again in the adult division in 2011, they left a mark because of Will’s soulful vocal chops and guitar improvisational talents coupled with the band’s rockin’, blues-infused sound.
Will built this new band in a flexible way allowing customization for any size venue or show. Since the group is comprised of skilled, experienced musicians, performance formats can be as small as a trio (guitar, bass, drums), a slightly fuller quartet (guitar, bass, drums, rhythm guitar or keyboard) or a large 8-10-piece band (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, drums, 3-4 horn section, keyboard, percussion).
As a result, Will Jacobs delivers an authentic, hi-energy experience whether headlining for large corporate events and conferences (Crate & Barrel Corporation’s 50th Anniversary celebration and for the CUSP2012 conference), opening for international blues stars (Billy Branch, Eddy Clearwater, Tommy Castro), festival stage appearances (Chicago Bluesfest, Chicago Skydive Summerfest) or performing at top clubs in Chicago, Memphis and Boston.
WILL JACOBS & MIKE ZABRIN
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