From: United States
Genre: Jazz, Rock, Blues, Funk, Jazz-Fusion
Born in San Francisco and raised in the “Motor City” Detroit, Jacobs career began at the age of 13. His first professional gigs were working with some of Motown's leading writers, producers and artists, such as songwriter Sylvia Moy (“Mi Cherie Amour”), singer/songwriter Barrett Strong (“Money”), and producer Don Davis (Johnny Taylor, The Dramatics, Robin Trower). It was while working with former Miles Davis bassist/singer Michael Henderson fresh out of high school, that Jacobs showed he had a gift for songwriting when he co-authored the Top-Five R&B hit, "Wide Receiver." After a number of years working in the Motown scene Jacobs became one of the core members of Was (Not Was), an eclectic pop band that developed a strong following in the U.S. and abroad during the 1980s. While with the band, Jacobs co-authored the Top -Ten hit "Walk the Dinosaur." After the group went on hiatus he became a member of Soul Mission (a gospel/R&B project featuring Tata Vega, Mavis Staples, Booker T Jones and Steve Cropper), with one release for Sony/Epic Records. In 1994 he formed his own outfit The Boneshakers finally projecting his vision of funk, blues, R&B, rock and soul into the universe. He released two CDs, Book of Spells which included his rocking arrangement of James Brown’s “Cold Sweat” and Shake the Planet both featuring his longtime Was (Not Was) band mate Sweetpea Atkinson on vocals for Pointblank/Virgin Records. Three more followed Pouring Gasoline, Put Some Booty on It Live, Vol. 1 featuring Austin vocalist Malford Milligan and then Put Some Booty On It Live Vol 2 released on his own Bad Monkey Recordings. In 2005 Randy released From Me To You his first jazz influenced solo instrumental CD co-produced with keyboard master Jon Gilutin. Guests included Rick Braun, Mindi Abair, Wayman Tisdale, and Euge Groove.
Now with his latest releaseThe Return Of Randy Dynamite (2010). Randy looks to move forward in the instrumental music arena. “With these songs I went back to a time when I was more about playing and less about genres”. Gregg Bissonette on drums, Jervonni Collier on bass, Jon Gilutin on keys, and percussionist Lenny Castro were chosen for the recording band. Trumpeter Rick Braun, harp man Teddy Zig Zag, sax men Paul Shilt’s Weimar, Jimmy Roberts, and Bill Bergman and also joined the party. It truly is a masterpiece of funk, rock, jazz and blues.