Zion has been writing, performing, and recording professionally since he was eighteen years old, releasing his first single with the band Fibro House in 1989. In 1992 he completed a three-year Bachelor of Music degree at Victorian College of the Arts. During this time he began writing and performing as a member of The Jenifers (with Steve Magnusson, Colin Snape and Steve Heather). The Jenifers released three songs on a compilation featuring five Melbourne improvising ensembles called Solid through Larrikin Records.
Zion has also performed with numerous bands and artists across many genres, including Judy Jacques, Jack Jones, Joe Camilleri, Steve Magnusson, Adam Simmons, Tony Gould, Graeme Lyall, Albare, Ross Hannaford, Mr Brown, Strumpet, Salamander, Tine Kopa’s The Atman Project, Ruby Page and Pete Murray.
National touring included: Joan Armatrading, Randy Crawford, Hootie and the Blowfish, The Marvelous Three, and for local acts Neil Finn, The Whitlams, Leonardo’s Bride, Horsehead, Rebecca’s Empire, Mental as Anything, Noiseworks, James Reyne, Boom Crash Opera, Richard Franklin, and Motorace. International tours include four to North America with Mr Brown, and one tour to New Zealand with Strumpet.
Zion has taught at the Melba Conservatorium of Music (principal study (bass) and lecturer in Contemporary Ensemble), Victoria University of Technology (lecturer in music performance and communication subjects), Mount Scopus Memorial College (electric bass, careers seminars and music performance), Australian College of the Arts (lecturer in music business and music performance – improvisation).
Kerry Jacobson, born 19 April 1954 in Wellington, New Zealand… began playing drums at the tender age of 9 and played professionally in his father’s jazz band when he turned 13. He moved to Australia in 1976 to join a then unknown band called Dragon, who a year later achieved massive success on the Australian charts. He stayed with them until 1984.
During the ‘80s Kerry also became a session drummer in Sydney recording albums with such artists as Richard Clapton, The Kevin Borich Express, Marc Hunter and many more.
He moved to Brisbane in 1990 to study jazz at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, after which he toured Europe with long time associate Ian Moss.
In 2007 Dragon were inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame where the band performed for the first time in 25 years. This sparked a reunion gig in 2008 which “sold out” the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
Jacobson is currently endorsed by Crush drums, Istanbul Cymbals, Evans drumheads and Regal Tip drumsticks.
Jacobson also currently teaches percussion at a private school in Brisbane, Australia. He still performs live with Renee Geyer, Mondo Rock, Kevin Borich Express, Andy Cowan, Dragon and Ian Moss.