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UM Alum Phil Jacobson Performs at Transit Lounge Tonight

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Alright, Jacory Harris isn't getting any fruit baskets this week. But don't lose faith in the U just yet. And while we're telling you to keep supporting the Canes, how about supporting a Hurricane alum? No, Michael Irvin won't be live at Jazid this weekend. And no, Gino Torretta isn't playing at Churchill's. And most importantly, Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson (yes, he played for the U) is not going to throw down a set at Transit tonight. But Phil Jacobson is.

Fine tuning his craft at the University of Miami school of music, where he earned a degree in jazz vocal performance, Jacobson is the real deal -- both Cane and musician. "I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to go and study jazz music at UM," says Jacobson. "It opened up my mind and my ears to new sounds and harmonies that I was unfamiliar with before starting my education."

A quick listen to the singer-songwriter's almost Jason Mraz-like upbeat ditty confirms that he

has a firm grasp on a myriad of influences, including not only jazz, but

pop and acoustic rock as well. "My background I feel gives me the

versatility to experiment with different styles and 'feels' in my

writing," he says. "I have always been a very rhythmic person, and my

music definitely reflects that."

Furthermore, he goes on to say,

"I love the fact that as a songwriter you have the freedom to be

ever-changing; constantly picking from your tree of influences to try to

create something fresh."

His debut EP Around It Goes,

which features five tracks he's been recording and working on since June

of 2009, is expected out on iTunes in the coming weeks. But why wait?

Check him out tonight and witness this dude's tremendous

talent for yourself.

Phil Jacobson performs live at Transit Lounge (729 SW 1st Ave) tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 15. No cover.

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