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Born in London, Greg Jacobs grew up in San Rafael, where he started playing classical piano as a small child. When he was twelve he was inspired by the music of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and by a local pianist Zack Hornstein who played blues, originals, and folk music and would rehearse with Felix and Greg's brother Josh at their home. Greg studied classical and jazz piano with the brilliant Gini Wilson for about four years while he attended San Rafael High School. As a teenager, he spent countless hours playing the standards and fell in love with music, especially the music of Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane among many others. Greg played in the jazz band led by Sean Castle at San Rafael High School and performed at private events with a quartet based on the big band's rhythm section. Meanwhile he participated in recitals and competitions as a classical pianist and attended some of the public jam sessions at bars and clubs in San Francisco, while also playing organ, guitar, and keyboard with friends that liked to play reggae, ska, blues, and other styles of music. Greg attended Jazz Camp West twice where he took some lessons from Elio Villafranca on Afro Cuban piano methods, and was inspired by his experiences there to play with other musicians as much as possible. While getting his Bachelors degrees in Biology and Spanish at San Francisco State University, Greg played in the jazz combos directed by Andrew Speight and continued to play trio and quartet gigs at private events. Shortly after graduating from university in 2013 Greg started to perform more frequently and teach private lessons and then decided to pursue music full-time.
The Greg Jacobs Trio was playing once a week at The Elite Cafe in San Francisco for nine months in 2015 and at Le Colonial once a week from July 2016 to December 2017. Greg leads a piano/double bass duo at Cafe Jolie in Alameda on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 8:30 pm since the Summer of 2013. Greg plays with a quartet at Topsy's Fun House on Mondays from 9pm to 12am. Greg Jacobs is the pianist for the Four and More combo since the summer of 2014.
Greg has also played at Club Deluxe, Black Cat SF, Bird and Beckett, Rose Pistola, Osteria Divino, Savanna Jazz, Cafe Van Kleef, Sheba Piano Lounge, Penrose, Boot and Shoe Service, Mr Tipples Recording Studio, the Burritt Room, Starline Social Club, Comstock Saloon, No Name Bar, the Moonraker, the Cliff House, Woods Bar and Brewery, and other venues. Greg has also worked with saxophonists Joe Cohen and James Mahone, and bassists Chris Amberger, Joe McKinley, John Wiitala and Sam Bevan among others, such as Denise Perrier, Ollie Dudek, Hamir Atwal, and Mark Anthony Lee, Leon Joyce Jr, Lyle Link, Giulio Xavier Cetto, David Rokeach, Bryan Bowman, Rodney Ruckus, Jean Ramirez, Jack Riordan, Charles Thomas, Jerry Woo, Mike Quigg, Dave Rocha, John Brothers Piano Company, Tim Lin, Danny Gerz, Otto Huber, Omar Aran, Adam Gay, Malachi Whitson, Myron Cohen, Bob Kenmotsu, Dave Rocha, Mike Parykaza, Jimi Marks, Rick Rivera, John Thatcher 'Boomer', Greg Ashley, Arlo Perlstein, Ryan Gordon, and many others, and has performed for numerous weddings and wedding receptions.