CD Release Party with Dynamic Jazz Vocalist & Quintet Live at Nighttown!
Featuring: Maria Jacobs-vocals, Bob Fraser-guitar, Rock Wehrmann-piano, Aidan Plank-acoustic bass, & Mark Gondor-drums.
Maria Jacobs is a national smooth jazz recording artist whose original song, Pour Me A Cup of Yesterday, is heard on smooth jazz stations across the country, and it charted on the Groove Jazz Charts.
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, 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,) and jazz singer/songwriter Bob Dorough (Columbus, Ohio,)
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,) and Pat Harris (Jazz Heritage Orchestra).
Maria has released five solo albums: No Frills, Free As A Dove, Chasing Dreams, Art of the Duo and Here Comes Winter. She performs in Los Angeles, New York, and some historic Cleveland venues including Severance Hall (where she sang solo with the Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra Chorus,) Playhouse Square, Night Town, Blu Jazz, the House of Blues and The TV8 Morning Show.
Maria’s jazz albums have received wonderful reviews from jazz critic Scott Yanow. Her original R&B album Free As A Dove, received a glowing review from Musicperk.com. Eight of the nine songs were composed by Maria.
Maria has written close to 100 songs and is a royalty earning member of ASCAP. Maria has presented master classes in songwriting at The Music Settlement and pop vocal technique at Kent State University - Stark Campus. She is a 2016 inductee to the Brooklyn High School Hall of Fame, her Alma Mater. Her albums can be found on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Apple Music to name a few.