Harry Jacobson

Harry Jacobson Harry Jacobson studied bass at Oberlin Conservatory, at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France and The Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He has a doctorate from one of the pioneering schools in jazz education, the University of North Texas where he also studied composition and conducting. An accomplished classical music performer, he is principal bass of the Erie Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Erie Philharmonic. He has also served as principal bass in the Norfolk Symphony and the Knoxville Symphony. He has been a member of the Fredonia faculty for over thirty years and teaches music theory and jazz improvisation in addition to lessons in bass. He has performed with the Jerry Gray Orchestra, Les Elgart’s big band and in Europe with Jan Laurens Hartong. He has performed in the Buffalo Philharmonic and in the Chautauqua Symphony as a substitute. He plays regularly at the Colony Pub on Thursdays in Erie and freelances as a bassist with numerous jazz groups. He has played with Bruce Johnstone, Solitaire Miles, Jay Willis, Charles Ventrello, Don Rebic and many of the top jazz musicians in the region.

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