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Jacques Jacobs

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Jacques Jacobs (Amsterdam, 31st October 1872 - 12th August 1963, Brouwhuis) Was a violinist and band leader. He mentored Percy Grainger. He branched into marketing music. His older brother was the Dutch comedian Eduard Jacobs.

Early Life[edit]

Jacques was the youngest of three born to Hijman Jacobs and Judik Hamburger. His father died in the same year Jacques was born. Judik's family were musicians. Judik raised him, and his older brother musically. They were proficient with most instruments, but Ezechiel would gravitate to the piano and Cabaret, while Jacques preferred the violin and classical music. Their sister died aged three. Ezechiel would claim that their father had been a jewel merchant, and he had been in the family business before adopting stage music. Jacques married a slightly older woman, Elizabeth Hurwitz, in 1896 and moved to London where he led the band of the Trocadero Restaurant. He started when the Trocadero began.


In London, Jacques started a family with a boy (Henry) and then a girl (Sarine). In early 1900's, Percy Grainger went to London and began a five decade association with Jacques as mentor[1]. They toured Australia and South Africa. Jacques diversified, managing bands that played for silent pictures. Percy Grainger praised Jacques stage performance, referring to his extraordinary memory for playing classical music. Jacques was an early adopter of technology and some of his music still exists on vinyl and is retained by the British Library national sound archive of 1914[2].

Subsequent years[edit]

Jacques went on to establish a business in producing sheet music for light classics and popular music. He reestablished on the US East Coast. a Trocadero establishment seemed to have been built where he was living. The London Trocadero closed within two years of Jacques death.


  1. Gillies, Malcolm; Pear, David; Carroll, Mark (2006-06-29). Self-Portrait of Percy Grainger. ISBN 9780199719419. Search this book on

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