Although Danish-born Martin Jacobsen considers Paris his home base, the busy saxophonist travels extensively throughout Europe and abroad, performing with such notable jazz performers as David Sanborn.
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, he began playing the tenor saxophone at the relatively late age 19, driven by a strong urge for musical expression after listening to jazz for about a year, especially the Miles Davis group with John Coltrane of the 1950s. He received a few lessons from fellow tenorman Tomas Franck, but largely taught himself to play.
Through the 1990s, Martin worked with a host of talented young jazz players on the Copenhagen scene and was heard with the Bust'n Bloopers Big Band with Bob Mintzer and formed his quartet in 1993. In 1995, he took the advice of saxophonist Bob Rockwell who suggested he move to either New York or Paris. Martin plumped for "Paree" and has since been performing and recording with David Sanborn, Doug Raney, Bobby Durham, Richard Patterson, Gil Goldstein, Rick Hollander, James Genus, Gene Lake, Jesse van Ruller, Sam Moore, Alain Jean-Marie, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, and many others.
He also works frequently in Italy and has performed in England, Portugal, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Mozambique, Albania, Switzerland, Scotland, Luxembourg, Spain, Hungary, Lebanon, Macedonia and of cause Denmark.
Apart from being involved in many projects as a sideman or leader, Martin Jacobsen can currently (2008-2009) also be heard with saxophone legend David Sanborn and his band. They have performed at many of Europe's major jazz festivals and venues (North Sea Jazz, Montreux Jazz Festival, Berliner Festspielhaus, New Morning in Paris, Barbican Hall in London…) playing the music from Sanborn's latest release for Decca Records, "Here & Gone".