Pete Jacobsen

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Pete Jacobsen
Birth namePeter Paul George Jacobsen
Also known asPeter Jacobsen
Born(1950-05-16)16 May 1950
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
OriginLondon, England, United Kingdom
Died29 April 2002(2002-04-29) (aged 51)

Pete Jacobsen (16 May 1950 – 29 April 2002),[1] sometimes credited at Peter Jacobsen, was an English jazz pianist.[2]

Jacobsen made his name accompanying Scottish tenor saxophonist Bobby Wellins, appearing on recordings such as Jubilation (1978), Dreams Are Free (1979), and Birds of Brazil (1989). He variously worked with Tim Whitehead, Carmina, Barbara Thompson, Bobby Wellins, Don Weller, Dick Morrissey, Jim Mullen and Chris Biscoe.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born Peter Paul George Jacobsen in Newcastle upon Tyne.[1]

Having lost his sight as a baby, he studied at the Worcester School for the Blind before moving to London in 1969 to study at the Royal Academy of Music.


Jacobsens first professional gigs were with saxophonist Barbara Thompson and Isotope's Gary Boyle, before joining the jazz-fusion band Morrissey–Mullen and also playing in percussionist Chris Fletcher's band.

Other notable saxophonists he worked with include Don Weller, Chris Biscoe, Alan Skidmore, Peter King and Tim Whitehead, as well as accompanying visiting artists such as bassist Eberhard Weber and American trombonist Jimmy Knepper.

Jacobsen also gave memorable solo recitals at the Sherborne Jazz Festival and at the Brighton Jazz Club, where he was a regular performer.

He also toured and recorded with the Celtic-jazz band Carmina.


Jacobsen died at age 51, in London.[1]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  2. ^ [1]. A tribute by Chris Biscoe with an extensive list of recordings made with him.

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