This weekend join PondyART, the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music and Kasha Ki Aasha in welcoming Sid Jacobs and Mili Vizcaino for an evening of fantastic music.
Sid Jacobs was 7 years old when his fascination with the guitar began. 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) where he continues to teach.
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.
In 1991, his CD “It’s Not Goodnight” was released and was well received as 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. Sid Jacobs is associated with Benedetto Guitars, Hofner Guitars, Cordova Guitars, Ribbecke Guitars & Koch amplifiers.
Mili Vizcaino, born in Spain, is an accomplished contemporary singer and vocal technique teacher. She is a self-taught contemporary guitarist and also holds a Piano degree from Conservatório de Música de Badajoz (Badajoz, Spain). In 2004, Mili studied Piano, contemporary harmony and combo studies in the Jazz School Germán Sánchez Ruipérez and more recently in 2015, Mili completed her Jazz Vocals degree, Universidade de Évora (Portugal) & also completed first year of Master course in Jazz interpretation in the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (ESML – Lisbon, Portugal).
During the early 2000s, Mili spent her time traveling around Europe as a voice teacher at various programs like Musicals Festival at Zafra (Spain), Cáceres Jazz Festival (Spain), Teachers and Resources Centre (Badajoz, Spain), etc. In 2007, Mili had the opportunity to tour the world with Miguel Bose’s “Papitour” as a backing vocalist. At the dawn of the decade, Mili had become an experienced vocalist as well as a seasoned educator teaching at various institutes around Spain like Badajoz Arts Centre (Badajoz, Spain) & Monk Music and Performing Arts (Salamanca, Spain).
At present she works at the Sou Largo cultural cooperative in Lisbon, as a regular contributor. She’s part of the musical cast in the show El pacto, by El Desván Producciones (Badajoz, Spain). She’s the lead singer at the Iberian Big Band (classical swing repertoire), the River City Band (Latin jazz), D’Alambre (a Lisbon project with musicians Gustavo Roriz, Ruca Rebordão, Máximo Ciuro and Gabriel Godoy.