Sidney Jacobs is an American jazz vocalist, songwriter, arranger and producer. Born in Harbor City, California, and raised in Los Angeles, Jacobs first began singing in the church choir as a child. As the baby of the family, Jacobs’ musical taste was greatly influenced by those of his teenage brother and sister. His brother - a flutist, favored jazz, and rock and roll, while his sister - a pianist, was a lover of soul and pop music. Additionally, gospel music filled the house as Jacobs’ father, a radio and television news reporter, had once been a gospel radio disc jockey.
At 18, Jacobs became a principle singer with the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers. He travelled throughout the United Stated, Europe and Central America singing the music of Ellington, Thomas Dorsey and William Dawson. While Jacobs enjoyed singing professionally, as the son of a school principal, failing to attend college was not an option. As such, when he was offered a classical vocal scholarship to attend California Lutheran University, he accepted.
During this period, Jacobs sang pop, r&b and jazz in local bands, while developing the classical and operatic aspects of his voice in school. He sang several roles, and won a number of classical voice competitions; Jacobs was even selected to sing the principal role of King Balthazar in the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors opposite Metropolitan Opera star and American operatic bass, Giorgio Tozzi.