Sid Jacobs was born in Miami Beach, Florida. Sid spent his first few years in Havana, Cuba prior to the revolution, after which, the Jacobs family returned to Miami. It is there, at the age of seven, he began his fascination with the guitar. When his family moved to Nevada, Sid obtained a position as guitar instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This made him, at eighteen, the youngest faculty member in the school's music department.
After moving to Los Angeles he developed the curriculum for the Advanced Bebop and Jazz Guitar course at the Dick Grove School and the Jazz Guitar class at the Musicians Institute (MI and GIT), where he continues to teach.
In 1991, his CD It's Not Goodnight was released. It is a straight-ahead blowing session featuring his original compositions. In 1998 Sid was the first North American jazz guitarist invited to perform in Argentina's "Guitars of the World" festival. In May of 2001 he was invited to perform at the Ankara Music Festival in Turkey.
2007 saw the release of his CD Open Strings, a collection of pieces for solo guitar including his acclaimed arrangements of Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk tunes.
Some of the great jazz artists with whom Sid has performed include Harold Land, Eddie Harris, Buddy Montgomery, Joe Diorio, Brad Mehldau, Larry Goldings and Javon Jackson.
"It's a terrific tool for all levels of players... Jacobs' book is a private lesson not to be missed." - Dave Zaworsky, Downbeat
"...translating the work of Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk into the language of the guitar is not easy but Jacobs did it with an
easy fluency." - Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
"...highly articulate improviser... Never at a loss for a new phrase his improvisations seemed to unfold like a set of Bach
variations." - Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
"...a straight-ahead artist who revealed influences from Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane.
Dazzlingly fast runs led to passages where Jacobs tempered his considerable technique. His improvisations were filled with
tuneful, mellifluous ideas." - Zan Stewart, Los Angeles Times