Diana Jacobs will hit you with a powerful punch of funk... and soothe you with a sweet soul groove. This two-time SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music) Award winner, is a versatile vocalist, pianist, percussionist, songwriter, and producer. Diana explores her love of many genres through a variety of collaborations. Along with her husband, Mettis Jacobs (bassist/guitarist), Diana founded the Diana Jacobs Band, a high-energy funk, soul, R&B horn band comprised of stellar players from all over CNY. Their all-original album, Good Metticine, earned them the 2018 SAMMY Award for Best R&B Recording, and their most recent album entitled Love Each Other, Love Our World was nominated for a 2022 SAMMY Award in the Best R&B Recording category. Diana's blues collaboration brings together some of Central New York's finest blues players to present a unique mix of blues and jazz. She released an album with this project that received the 2020 SAMMY award for Best Blues Recording. This all-original album, What She Needs, also features a performance by Grammy-winning trumpeter/flugelhornist, Randy Brecker!
With these groups, Diana has performed at some of the biggest festivals in CNY including The Great NYS Fair, Oswego Harborfest, Alexandria Bay's Blues in the Bay Festival and The New York State Blues Festival! Diana has also been a part of several regional shows as a backing vocalist and as a lead vocalist, most notably the 2019 Rochester Hall of Fame Show (singing behind Gary Wright, John Hall of Orleans, and Al Jardine of The Beach Boys), the 2019 Lou Reed Tribute Show at the Syracuse Area Music Awards Ceremony (original members of his late 70's band), Paulie Cerra's Hometown Showdown 2017 and 2018, and The Great Salt City Blues Show 4. Additionally, she has recorded backing vocals in the studio for various projects including the SAMMY-nominated Chris Terra album, Lady Luck, as well as studio tracks for Little Georgie & the Shuffling Hungarians. Occasionally, Diana brings it all down to a low simmer when in more intimate settings with her duo or her jazz trio.
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