Born and raised in India, Jacob William has arrived via rare routes to play on the vast fields of Jazz and other creatively improvised and composed musics. He grew-up as part of a multicultural family; attended parochial school and traveled extensively from a very young age. His earliest years in music were spent singing in choirs and being engaged in informal learning of a wide array of diverse hybrid musics and various instruments. In his teens, and later while studying Economics and Finance at Christ College in Bangalore, he started playing guitar and drum-set. In 1985, he decided to focus on the bass guitar and soon began playing concerts and festivals all over India with many forward looking elder musicians with a particularly deep interest in Jazz. In 1991, he moved to the U.S. after receiving a scholarship to study music.
As an improviser, composer and Electric Bass Guitar and Double Bass player, Jacob has contributed to over 20 recordings; some of which have been released on labels such as Warner, Intuition, Magnasound, among others. In 2009 Jacob's Quartet recording titled Secondary Deviations was released internationally by Swedish record label Ayler. In 2010, Jacob recorded the music of his Para Quintet and Trio; both collaborative efforts invloving Drummer Laurence Cook, Trumpeter Forbes Graham, Drummer Luther Gray, Alto Saxophonist Jim Hobbs and Pianist Steve Lantner
“ Jacob is a true breath of fresh air......special
spirit.....one of my favorite musicians .....
formidable bass skills...rare and wonderful...inspiring and
motivational...one of the most exciting I'd ever
( Joe Hunt - 4/2/04)
...refined tone... fluid... bassist William... J. Nannen (Jazz
'William is at the heart of these pieces, working with Galipaut
to push the music forward. He never overwhelms the soloist
and frequently provides a running commentary to complement
what they’re doing....compositions (Welcome Steps / Palm
Dance / Rishi Ways / Upload Method / Repetition