South Carolina native Buffi Jacobs began cello study at age 11.
She made her classical solo debut in 1992 as the winner of the Richland District
Two Concerto Competition, performing the Kabalevsky Cello Concerto in G Minor.
Her teachers included Dr. Robert Jesselson, Eugene Osadchy, Bert Ligon,
Dan Haerle, Mike Steinel and Neil Slater.
A 1997 graduate of the University of South Carolina, Ms. Jacobs holds a Bachelor's of Music Performance. With the assistance of Bert Ligon, Director of Jazz Studies, she developed the USC Jazz Strings. This innovative group was one of the first jazz string groups in the country allowed collegiate credit. In 1997, they performed at the IAJE International Conference, with guest artist Darol Anger.
She also holds a Master's Degree in Performance( with jazz related field) from the University of North Texas. While a graduate student there, she established and directed the University of North Texas Jazz Strings Project with the assistance of Dan Haerle.
She has served as principal cellist in many chamber, symphony, pops and opera orchestras across the country. Ms Jacobs has appeared with Tony Bennett, Mark O'Connor, The Lettermen, Aaron Rosand, Marvin Hamlisch, Turtle Island String Quartet, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Jerry Goldsmith, Randy Brecker and Christian McBride.
A pioneer in the string education field, she teaches cello privately and is a clinician for jazz string education and ensemble direction. She has given workshops at The International Association of Jazz Educators International Conference, the Texas Music Educators Convention, and many others.
Ms. Jacobs now resides in Los Angeles, California.