Maria Jacobs

Instrument: Vocalist | Location: Akron

A jazz-driven singer, Jacobs brings musicality, persuasive story-telling skills and a warm and supple voice to her intimate readings of the Great American Songbook.
—Don Heckman

Updated: April 3, 2019

Born: June 27, 1968

In addition to being a national recording artist with her song Pour Me A Cup of Yesterday airing across the country and charting on the Groove Jazz Charts, Maria has recently been named the first Adjunct Professor of Applied Vocal Jazz at Kent State University. She is also Principal Conductor of The Open Tone Music Academy and lead vocalist for their parent organization, The Jazz Heritage Orchestra, where musicians from around the world come to perform.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, this former traffic reporter and disc jockey lived in Los Angeles for twelve years and sang prestigious venues such as The Langham Huntington (formerly the Ritz Carlton,) The Four Seasons in Westlake Village, The Coach House, Chaya of Beverly Hills, B.B. Kings Blues Club and The Torrance Civic Center to name a few.

She recorded with several well-known artists including Alphonso Johnson and Ndugu Chancler of Weather Report. Maria has co-written and recorded with platinum selling writer/producer Tommy Coster and one of her original gospel songs was performed by acclaimed keyboardist/songwriter Lafayette Carthon and FAITH. She has opened for acts like jazz trumpeter/songwriter Chuck Mangione (The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano,) jazz singer/songwriter Bob Dorough (Columbus, Ohio), Average White Band and Loose Ends.

Other acclaimed artists Maria has worked with include Music Director Damien Sneed (Wynton Marsalis), Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke (Broadway), William Henry Caldwell and Robert Porco (Cleveland Orchestra.)

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The International Review of Music by Don Heckman Mar. 3. 2012 (Sat.) Maria Jacobs. A jazz-driven singer, Jacobs brings musicality, persuasive story-telling skills and a warm and supple voice to her intimate readings of the Great American Songbook. The Metropolitan Room. (212) 206-0440.

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CHASING DREAMS - Review

Maria Jacobs has a powerful voice, is a subtle improviser and puts plenty of feeling into her singing. Born and raised in Cleveland, she had 15 years of classical flute study and also studied piano but her main musical goal was always to be a jazz singer

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Primary Instrument

Vocalist

Location

Akron

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Maria Jacobs is the Adjunct Professor of Applied Vocal Jazz at Kent State Universtiy. She Also teaches private voice, flute and piano from her home studio in Stow, Ohio. Maria holds two Bachelor of Arts Degrees, one in Journalism from Ohio State University and the other in Music Education, with a minor in Education, from Kent State University where she graduated with honors.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Maria is a clinician who has given songwriting and vocal pedegogy/technique clinics at The Music Settlement and at Kent State University, Stark Campus.

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Recordings

Upcoming Shows

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Aug8Thu
Maria Jacobs
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Cleveland, OH