The Vintage DJ presents the most electrifying music of the 20th Century as it was meant to be experienced! Spinning only original 45s, 33s and 78s from the 1920s through the 1970s on two tube-powered vintage record players, The Vintage DJ arrives and we hear that unique sound, filling the air with the feeling that anything is possible. His killer record collection runs the gamut between Jazz and Latin, Soul and R&B, Rock ’n’ Roll, British Invasion, Reggae and much more.
As The Vintage DJ, Jonathan has been setting dance floors alight from New York City to Shanghai to Los Angeles, and has headlined events for an array of renowned cultural institutions and companies, including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The MacDowell Colony, Magnum Photos, Citigroup, Brooklyn Museum, Gawker, The Public Theater, The Box NYC, Bard Summerscape Festival, The Wall Street Journal, The Moth, Guernica Magazine and Swarovski Crystal. He has toured internationally in Europe and Asia and served as the DJ for the 84th & 86th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball in Los Angeles.
According to TimeOut NY, “no retroist holds a tallow candle to Jonathan Jacobs.” In The Fray’s Erin Daly says, “Jacobs is peddling something brilliant and seductive and magical, something that speaks to the latent nostalgia in everyone.”
You can contact Jonathan directly for your next secret soiree, rousing dance party, wedding or anything else you might dream up! Jonathan can also be hired to consult on film scores and soundtracks, with period expertise that covers Twentieth Century music from the 1920s through the 1970s.
"I can’t say enough about Jonathan E. Jacobs aka The Vintage DJ!! I first met Jonathan as he was spinning and setting the mood in the VIP room for Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Brooklyn. He has an amazing playlist and is a GREAT asset to any party of function! Can’t wait to watch him work again!!" -Cleto Escobedo, Musical Director, Jimmy Kimmel Live!
"I am not exaggerating when I say every guest loved the music, from the oldest to the youngest. We had the perfect eclectic mix of soul, jazz, r&b, swing, rock, you name it. He had everyone crowding the dance floor right until the last possible second of the party. I would recommend him to anyone, in a heartbeat." -Rachel M.
"We told him to treat our wedding like a dance party and play whatever he was feeling. Throughout the night, multiple people came up to us to compliment the music and ask where we found him. He is a true artist with his work. .... After our first meeting, every time that we spoke, it felt like talking to an old friend; he completely put us at ease." -Gillian S.
"His enormous collection of records, crates and crates, that he culled from with precision, provided the evening with an amazing array of sound and color. The soundtrack of the night was seamless, and fluid, and had everyone on their feet shaking their tail feathers." -Tim F.
"Jonathan, the Vintage DJ, helped us craft an evening full of music that people loved, and wanted to dance to, yet was surprising and refreshing. Everyone told us how much they loved the music and how great it was to see real vinyl, and real record decks. They added an extra touch of beauty to the event. Jonathan is a total pro and really cares about the detail. He's also a very warm person who is fantastic to work with. We would recommend him time and time again, without reservation." -Shelley S.
"We can't say enough good things about Jonathan! His record collection is incredible and he knows what to do with it. The Vintage DJ is truly an artist -- one that is incredibly respectful of your wishes and kind to your family and guests. I give him a ten!" -Alina
"It was important to us that we had a distinctive sound at our wedding, and The Vintage DJ went above and beyond by creating a one-of-a-kind musical experience for our guests. If you want a “typical wedding dj” he is not the man for you. If you want something truly special and unique, then I would highly recommend The Vintage DJ!" -Gio
"Jonathan is a genius. His record collection is off the charts. He shows up looking like a sexy Mad Men guy with 600 pounds of records. My family was dancing in total. The old people, the young people, the little kids. Everyone enjoyed it. His vintage music inspires people to play and sing and dance. By choosing him we had style, class and so much fun. He is an artist in how he feels the crowd and chooses the music to maintain a vibe that can last all night. He fit in perfectly with my family, he was so warm to our guests and he is still talked about by our friends months later. If I got married a thousand times I would have him play each night." -Michele A.