Jeff Jacobs

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Producer Songwriter Pro Tools Master Touring Keyboard Player Jeff Jacobs can provide you with the credibility and expertise needed to Make your songs come to life. Having recorded and toured with Billy Joel, Foreigner, Julian Lennon, just to name a few, Jeff is a one stop shop for songwriters and producers alike.

Jeff Jacobs as a world famous keyboard player and through his company Big Dog Bites Music Inc, has produced, written, played on and recorded thousands of music tracks both in the pop rock world and in commercial music. Played keyboards on Billy Joel number one singles "We Didn't Start The Fire" and "River Of Dreams" as well as hit records "I Go To Extremes" and "Shameless". A Member of the band "Foreigner for 17 years from 1991-2008, as well as a touring member of the Jullian Lennon band, you cannot find a producer/musician with more credibility.
Now working out of his Dallas "Big Dog Bites" recording studio Jeff's Pro Tools chops are second to none and his multi-instrumental talents as well as vocally make him a one stop shop for producers and songwriters seeking professionally viable tracks.

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38 Reviews - 8 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Michelle S.
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    Jeff did an AMAZING job on an original song of mine. I sent him a bare bones recording and he turned it into a masterpiece. Thank you Jeff!!!

  2. Review by Valerie S.
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    Again, an EXCELLENT experience. This time, I had no thoughts as to what kind of music I wanted. Jeff took my lyrics and came back with a recommendation that, quite honestly, nailed the song genre. An "ah-ha" moment that speaks to the quality of Jeff's work and experience in his field. Creating songs and music with Jeff has been the easiest, most fun, and quickest part of my entire children's book project.

  3. Review by Anders E.
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    Got exactly what I asked for...and more than that!
    Beautiful played piano!!
    Sure I will hire him again!
    Highly recommended!!

  4. Review by Scott B.
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    Jeff continues to amaze me with each and every project we do, and we are racking up quite a tally!

  5. Review by Frank G.
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    Very talented, great performance and has the ability to take an idea and make it a teal, exceptional product. I highly recommend him!!

  6. Review by Rainer H.
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    Jeff is who you want on your tracks. Lightning turnaround, spot on playing and an all around no-hassle experience with great results. You can trust your songs to this man, they'll only get better for it. I'll be back!

  7. Review by Walden C.
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    Jeff is amazing and I enjoyed every second of the project. Very happy with his incredible and professional work! Can’t wait to start the next project soon again with Jeff. Highly recommended!!!

  8. Review by Howard
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    Supremely talented !! Wonderful person to boot. Can't wait to work again!

  9. Review by Laszlo J.
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    It's an honour to work with Jeff.

    He is utmostly talented, kind and delivers with a beneficial extra on it.

    He was very patient while I was trying to find the most suitable project to work on together. Also he was quite understanding.

    Here, with my Enough Never Enough he provided awesome and fitting pianos and several other musical ideas.

    I'm eagerly looking forward to see where our collaboration is heading to!

    Anytime you need experienced professionalism and the "extra" ask Jeff!

  10. Review by Scott B.
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    I have now used Jeff for many projects and will continue to do so. He has so much career experience which allows him to interpret my lousy vague requests and transform them into magic.

  11. Review by Cam F.
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    Easy to work with. I received exactly the MIDI track I was looking for.

  12. Review by Antony V.
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    Jeff Jacobs is a very professional,sensitive and experienced musician and producer,and that is very important to achieve some progress, but what makes him unique is that he truly cares for the music and the artist he works for, he is very supportive, positive and encouraging and that is a great and rare quality I really apreciate more than anything in this world and in this life.

  13. Review by Chris C.
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    Jeff is a world class piano player. He brought life to my track and did exactly what I needed him to do. He did the project quickly too.

  14. Review by Trevor S.
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    Jeff does amazing work. He took only a vocal track and turned it into an entire song with several backing instruments. I was very impressed by how quickly he got everything together. I would absolutely work with him again.

  15. Review by Luis S.
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    Jeff is litteraly the best, he helps me a lot to transform a simple idea in an original piano track. Very fast and accurate in the delivery of work. In one word.. A certainty.

  16. Review by Jeppe A.
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    Jeff recorded a samba and a bossa nova for me, and did an incredible job that completely transformed the songs to the better. He is a fantastic player, and it was a real pleasure to work with him. He is very quick to respond, and is very open to ideas and changes. I am very happy with the results

  17. Review by Albert C.
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    Jeff is a very professional and an A grade musician.He recorded my piano tracks 100% the way I wanted with very small revision at the very first take. This was my first time using an online musician and what a great experience.. thnx to Jeff Jacob .

  18. Review by tim d.
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    Jeff was great to work with. Extremely responsive with a quick turnaround time. He really knows what he is doing so don't hesitate to check him out. Would definitely work with him again!!

  19. Review by ABDULZATAR K.
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    A seasoned professional with attention to detail.

  20. Review by Scott B.
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    Working with Jeff is really fun! I think I can hand him anything and he’ll deliver back fantastic parts quickly.

  21. Review by kalim13
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    did a top quality job. made a pretty ruff vocal sound great, made my song really sound good. Wil definetly be working with Jeff again. Great comunication all the way and he did everything I asked and more. Top shelf.

  22. Review by Scott B.
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    Jeff is an absolute pro.....he’s become my go-to for original keyboard tracks. Great player, tons of experience. I look forward to using Jeff lots!

  23. Review by Era
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    You can trust Jeff to make you a great track.

  24. Review by Era
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    Jeff did a superb job on making a track for me. He is extremely talented and able to give you the sound you are looking for.

  25. Review by Filip M.
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    Jeff really came through on giving me additional inspiration when I got stuck. Not only did he added new instruments, but also turned my melody into a song. Wrapped it up with mixing and mastering! Great working with Jeff!

  26. Review by Bobak T.
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    Jeff was easy to work with and gave me his full attention. He added great sounds to my composition and I am quite happy with the results.

  27. Review by Howard
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    Jeff did a phenomenal job with my project! Looking forward to working with him again.

  28. Review by Egor L.
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    Jeff makes good arrangements, quickly, quickly makes adjustments.

  29. Review by Valerie S.
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    This was my first experience in the music-making world and it was AWESOME! My project was to create a hip-hop/rock anthem based on the text of my children’s book. I specifically asked for a song that both children and adults would enjoy. Jeff took my “inspiration playlist” and somehow made a song that merged ALL the styles. I love it. Children love it. I didn’t know what to expect when I received the demo and, quite frankly, was blown away by what I heard. THANK YOU, JEFF!!

  30. Review by Danilo G.
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    Jeff was fast, responsive, detailed and approachable. Looking forward working with him again!

  31. Review by Leonard R.
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    Simply amazing! I've been a fan of Jeff's work over the years. So when I got a chance to work with him, I jumped on it. And he delivered. I left him a fairly open field to work with, and relied on his taste, and experience. He did a great job in making my vision better. He's also quick, and keeps in constant contact throughout the process.

  32. Review by Alexandra K.
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    Excellent job! Everything was done incredibly fast and efficiently. Very professional and overall a perfect job! Will definitely be working on more songs with Jeff! Highly recommended!

  33. Review by Cristian S.
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    Jeff was truly the perfect person to work with for my project. Turnaround was faster than anticipated, with communication and quality being his best features. Definitely worth the investment. 10/10.

  34. Review by Magnus B.
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    Great work by Jeff!

  35. Review by Antony V.
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    Jeff Jacobs is not only a great musician and producer,but he is a very professional,positive, patient and supportive human being and he shows some genuine passion for music and rock and a sincere sympathy and apreciation for the hard work and dreams and goals of an artist and in a cynical world and a hard and volatile business, that makes of him a great person and music producer.

  36. Review by Tope
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    Jeff is awesome in every sense of the word. Very approachable and warm personality, great producer, musically sound and working with him was easy and very pleasant. Highly recommended!

  37. Review by sandor n.
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    I cant recommend jeff highly enough . working with jeff , I found him to be extremely professional , very fast and also a really decent guy as well . so if youre looking for someone who can provide quality tracks , very quickly , then jeff is your guy

  38. Review by Mike N.
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    I highly recommend Jeff Jacobs. Jeff's insight and detailed responses regarding vintage gear used in the late 80s and early 90s were very much appreciated. This is a guy who has recorded and toured with Billy Joel, Foreigner and other greats in the industry. As a newer SoundBetter user, Jeff made it easy.

Interview with Jeff Jacobs

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: I work with a number of Singer/songwriters that will send a rough recording of a song they have written, no matter how rough I encourage them to send it to me in whatever shape they have. I have the ability to hear the song and produce a recording of it that the Client can feel good about playing for anyone, and I mean anyone. To me a demo is a record. My ProTools expertise and abilities as a multi instrumentalist make it easy for me to turn a song around in a couple of days rather than weeks or months. My clients always return for more as the feedback that they recieve from their piers is what they live for. On occasion I can send songs that I feel strongly about to my aquantances in the music industry to be considered for use and or licensing in a commercial setting.

  3. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  4. A: My Employers and mentors have been Billy Joel, Mick Jones (of Foreigner), Phil Ramone, just to name a few. Musically I am inspired by a wide range of artists from Jimi Hendrix to the Beatles to Los Lobos. I also have a soft spot for Carrie Underwood and country artists of substance.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: My setup is simple, I Run a Pro Tools system which is currently at 11.3, I try to stay updated while still remaining functional, these days you can upgrade past the point of practicality.

  7. Q: What's your typical work process?

  8. A: I listen to the song demo sent to me, I then begin to imagine how the tempo and groove could provide the proper support for the song and Lyric. I will never let the production overshadow the song. Simple is always best as far as song production is concerned.

  9. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  10. A: Years of experience playing and writing with some of the masters of the craft. I witness Billy Joel writing the albums Stormfront and River Of Dreams from start to finish. I also have co-written songs with giants Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner, as well as several chart topping songs with Survivor and Ides Of March founder Jim Peterik. Peterik actually quotes me in his published book "Songwriting For Dummies".

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Aside from my keyboard and piano/organ playing skills, my forte as a producer is that I am a songwriter and artist myself and am always striving to bring out the unique qualities that a song or artists may posses. All of my artists or songwriting clients wind up with a product that sounds like them, not me.

  13. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  14. A: I have worked on everything from Hard Rock to Blues, R&B to country, latin, jazz, dance music, you name it. My level of experience in the commercial music world has had me involved with just about every style of music you can imagine.

  15. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. A: Yes, stay out of the way of the song and the artist. And when a lyric is involved remember, the listener is hearing the song for the first time, make sure the vocals are well loud enough as it is easy once you are familiar with a track to let the vocal sink into the mix because the producer or engineer has heard it sometimes hundreds of times and knows the lyric intuitively.

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: Freddie Mercury, if I had to name one, there are actually thousands, but to me some of the Queen songs and vocal performances are second to none.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Radio ready tracks that are vibe heavy and never too complex as to hide the song.

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: I am a graduate of Indiana University and after playing in a semi famous top forty band called KILO, for five years from 1983-1988 I moved to NYC where I soon had a gig with artist Grayson Hugh, from there I became a member of Billy Joels band from 1988-1992, A member of Foreigner from 1991-2008, somewhere in there I did hundreds of studio sessions for many different artists (see all music credits), toured with Julian Lennon as well as serving as Musical director for Australian Artist Tina Arena and most recently pop artist Matt Morris.

  23. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  24. A: A shovel, My laptop, a power generator, a midi keyboard and a couple of kick ass speakers. probably wouldn't need headphones

  25. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  26. A: Take the plunge, trust me with your song and I will provide you with a track that you will love to play for everyone for years to come. To me this is the most rewarding part of what I do. When a client realizes that they really are a great songwriter.

  27. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  28. A: What are your goals as far as using this track. Personal? trying to get a record deal? or simply trying to get a point or idea across is the best possible way.

  29. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  30. A: That because of my resume and history that I can make someone famous, or provide a pathway to being a full time Artist or musician. The drive and persistence that it takes for these things can only come from the artist or writer themselves.

  31. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  32. A: Does my song suck? answer, no sometimes the performance or recording of a song may lack in many ways but very seldom is a song just plain bad.

  33. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  34. A: The satisfaction that comes from helping a songwriter realize their potential.

  35. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  36. A: That they will be able to proudly play their track for anyone, on any sound system and it will stand up to songs you hear on the radio.

  37. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  38. A: Obviously there were advantages to using 2 inch tape and recording on the big English analog consoles, but through many years of experience and having been there during the analog days I have no trouble making digital sound analog.

  39. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  40. A: I Wrote, produced and recorded a song for Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago during their campaign to raise 600 million dollars for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. The song is called "In A Moment" it was sung by world famous singer and actress Heather Headley and is available on I Tunes.

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