Michael "Jake" Jacobson


A child of the Pacific Northwest, Jake was born into a family of musicians. His father was a professor of music, the head of the Piano department at the University of Puget Sound. The University honored him and his family by dedicating and naming the concert hall as the Leonard Jacobsen Recital Hall.

Jake played cello in school orchestras through college and played dance jobs on the weekend. After attending Cornish School for the Arts he started playing with bands up and across the west coast. In 1973 Jake moved to Los Angeles where he was fortunate in having the top cello teacher in LA, Edgar Lustgarten, who assisted in moving Jake's professional career forward. He began playing for many records and movies including the Don Ellis Orchestra and the esteem Michael Tilson Thomas. 


All along he kept up with both sax and cello which proved to be a perfect combination for the next steady gig: playing and recording with Smokey Robinson. This lasted 15 years and included 20 of his solo albums. Jake was honored to play and record with these other great artists as well: Barry White for the Sulton in Brunie, Elton John/Kiki Dee,"Don't Go Breakin' My Heart", Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Eagles, Thelma Houston, Diana Ross and the Surpremes.

After coming off the road, Jake has devoted his time to being the best single parent he could be as well as being a successful professional realtor. He has been a part of the Mojo Filter Blues Band family for over 15 great years and has loved every minute of it.