Jonathan Jacobs, The Vintage DJ

Brooklyn, NY

Highly acclaimed in his guise as The Vintage DJ, Jonathan Jacobs presents the authentic sounds of yesteryear as they were meant to be heard: spinning only original 45s, 33s and 78s from the 1930s through the 1970s on two tube-powered vintage record players. From killer classics to forgotten gems to beloved standards and songs you’ve never heard, Jacobs offers up a mouth-watering collection of Jazz, Latin, Soul, R & B, Rock ‘n’ Roll, film sound tracks and much more. For Jacobs, listening to original vinyl on vintage record players is the closest one can get to actual time travel, a subject that has fascinated Jonathan since childhood.

According to TimeOut NY, “no retroist holds a tallow candle to Jonathan Jacobs, The Vintage DJ.” In The Fray magazine’s Erin Daly says, “Jacobs is peddling something brilliant and seductive and magical, something that speaks to the latent nostalgia in everyone.” Called “a podcast to look out for” by Rolling Stone, The Vintage DJ presents his critically acclaimed radio show “The Time Machine” on New York’s East Village Radio.

Jonathan has performed for an array of New York City’s
renowned cultural institutions and national organizations, including Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The MacDowell Colony, Brooklyn Museum, Gawker, The Public Theater, Citigroup, The Box NYC, Spiegelworld, Guernica Magazine, Magnum Photos and Swarovski Crystal. Jacobs most recently served as the DJ for the 84th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball in Los Angeles. He has toured internationally as a DJ in Europe and Asia.

As well as being a DJ, Jacobs is a writer, director, performer and founding member of the Obie Award-winning theater company The National Theater of the United States of America. He is currently writing his first graphic novel that promises to reveal the untold origins of The Vintage DJ.

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