As Artist in Residence for the Wisconsin Conservatory's Jazz institute program, I've witnessed at a first hand the development of Eric's students and marveled! Students of his are now making outstanding careers in top universities and conservatories, including in my own jazz trumpet studio at the Frost School Of Music, University Of Miami.
The word is out in the jazz world about the accomplishment of Eric Jacobson as both player and educator, and he's making that world a better place with his great work!"
Grammy© Award Winning Trumpeter,
Composer and Bandleader
Associate Professor, Frost School Of Music @ University Of Miami
Artist In Residence, Wisconsin Conservatory Of Music Jazz Institute
YoungArts Master Teacher
Robert Baca -Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Studies
at the University Of Wisconsin Eau Claire
"The Jazz Institute of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music has been gaining a national reputation in recent years due in large part to the tireless efforts of trumpeter Eric Jacobson.Served for several years as the Chair of Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion. teaches Materials of Jazz as part of the Honors Program curriculum, and directs our award-winning Batterman Ensemble who recently won Best Small group in DownBeat Magazine."
Mark Davis -
Jazz Chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory Of Music Jazz Institute
Combinations, trumpeter Eric Jacobson’s third CD as a leader (which he co-leads with tenor-saxophonist Eric Schoor), is being released by Brian Lynch’s Hollistic MusicWorks label on March 7. A record release party featuring the sextet heard on the CD will be held that night at the Jazz Estate, the same club in which the music was recorded. This is a major straight ahead jazz release that is certain to gain much attention.
Combinations features five of the Milwaukee area’s finest musicians, trumpeter Eric Jacobson, tenor-saxophonist Eric Schoor, pianist Barry Velleman, bassist Jeff Hamann and drummer David Bayles, plus special guest trumpeter Brian Lynch. Their fiery music is a consistently exciting brand of hard bop reminiscent at times of a classic Blue Note session from the 1960s. However the musicians do not copy the past but are creative within the vintage style, playing with passion, intensity and joy. To say that fireworks occur would be a major understatement.
On Combinations, the full group explores four jazz standards (Dizzy Gillespie’s “Birks Works,” Horace Silver’s “Nica’s Dream,” Charlie Parker’s “Passport” and “You Don’t Know What Love Is”) and an original apiece by Jacobson (“Combinations”) and Schoor (“Mayors and Miners”). In addition, Lynch is showcased on an outstanding version of “What’s New.” With the exception of “What’s New” (which is both warm and explosive), all of the performances are taken at brisk tempos and swing hard. Among the highlights are the riffing by the trumpeters behind Schoor’s tenor on a version of “Birks Works” that is worthy of the Jazz Messengers, the stirring trumpet tradeoff on “Passport,” Jacobson’s cooking and swinging “Combinations,” and the way Lynch tears into “Nica’s Dream.” This is jazz at its most exciting.
With its colorful solos by Jacobson (whose two previous CDs as a leader are Inspiration and Two A.M. Live At The Jazz Estate), Lynch, Schoor and pianist Velleman, spirited ensembles that are driven by bassist Hamann and drummer Bayles, and infectious spirit, Combinations is a CD that will be thoroughly enjoyed by all lovers of adventurous music and modern straight ahead jazz. The enthusiasm of the musicians along with their creative ideas are impossible to resist.
What a pleasure it is to express my experience with and knowledge of Eric Jacobson! I began studying trumpet with Mr. Jacobson in middle school through the Jazz Studies program at the Milwaukee Symphony Youth Orchestra.During high school, I began private lessons with Mr.Jacobson and worked extensively with him as part of the award winning Batterman Ensemble at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Jazz Institute.I am currently studying Jazz Trumpet Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and plan to continue my studies in a Jazz Trumpet Master’s Program in the Fall of 2016.
Mr. Jacobson has been instrumental in my development and successes as a trumpet player.My description of his abilities and skills begins first of all with his solid musicality, his superb competency as a trumpet player, and his obvious delight in teaching. I know firsthand how well he directs, instructs, inspires, and motivates a student, while having compassion, flexibility, and humor.He has the talent to impart to students the qualities of music appreciation, the joy of learning, and the drive and desire to progress.My ability to succeed in the very competitive and national recognized jazz program at the University of Miami is a direct result of my years of study with Eric Jacobson!
University of Miami, Frost School of Music
Jazz Trumpet Performance Major, Class of 2016
2nd Place 2015 National Trumpet Competition, Jazz Division
Lenard Simpson - WCM jazz institute, Northern Illinois Jazz performance graduate.