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Bio


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Bio


Guitar Player is calling him"…the blazing wunderkind" and "one of the finest young jazz guitarists on the scene”. Award-winning jazz-rock guitarist and composer, Jake Hertzog, has just released his fourth studio album, Throwback [Zoho], featuring special guest  jazz fusion icon Randy Brecker!  His first three albums, Chromatosphere (2009), Patterns (2010) [Buckyball Records], and Evolution (2011) [Buckyball Records], quickly gained international regard and critical acclaim, including a five page interview in Guitar Player magazine (June 2009) highlighting his unique technique and approach to modern jazz guitar. Throwback highlights the unique contempoary sound of Jake's original music and a back-to-basics traditional recording philosophy. It was produced by Grammy award winner, Rob Fraboni [Rolling Stones, The Band, Eric Clapton, Wayne Shorter]. "Throwback emerges as a major milestone in Hertzog's young career" - Glenn AstaritaAll About Jazz. Jake most recently headlined at the world famous Blue Note Jazz club in New York, and has performed across the US and Europe.

 

Photo by Deneka Peniston

Photo by Deneka Peniston

Jake Hertzog Live @ Dominion - "Gloria"

Jake Hertzog Live @ Somethin' Jazz Club - "In Your Own Sweet Way"

An unapologetic brand of jazz-rock guitar that does not look back...
— Mark Redlefsen, All About Jazz

For three years, Jake stood as musical director and lead guitarist for Nickelodeon's The Naked Brothers Band stars, Nat and Alex Wolff. They concluded two national tours and have performed on countless national television shows including Good Morning AmericaThe ViewNickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards and The Today Show.

A true dual jazz-rock musician, Jake is co-leader and co-songwriter of the rock band The Young Presidents with bassist Mitch Kaneff. Their latest album, a guest vocalist project called Coalition [MKM], debuted in top 200 on the AAA radio charts, with the single "Time" featuring Ivan Neville propelling the record. Coalition also features such legendary talent as Corey Glover (Living Colour), Blondie Chaplin (The Rolling Stones, Beach Boys), and Anton Fig (Drummer for the Letterman Show). The record represents a landmark collaboration for the band and was also produced by the brilliant Grammy winner, Rob Fraboni. The Young Presidents also produced a short documentary on the making of the project entitled "Building The Coalition" that premiered at New York's VisionFest Film Festival in June 2013. Their first album Freedom Of Speech was played on AAA radio in 2011 featuring the single "Wide Open".

Under the alias Hey Jazz Guy, Jake is a frequent contributor to Guitar Player magazine’s ‘Lessons’ section. He has over 30 published articles with coinciding YouTube instructional videos. Guitar Player has coined him the “Jazz ambassador to the non-jazz world”. Readers can visit the Official Hey Jazz Guy website for articles and tutorial videos. Recent master classes and clinics include Jazztravaganza at the Clarion Performing Arts Center in Lake Jackson, Texas and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA.,Women In Jazz in Halle, Germany and a faculty position at the Swarnhaboomi Academy of Music in Chennai, India. 

After winning of the Grand Prize in 2006 for the Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition in Switzerland, he was invited back in 2007 to open for John Scofield and Medeski, Martin and Wood. Jake is an alum of the prestigious Berklee College of Music and recipient of several performance scholarships.

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Bands


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Bands


Jake Hertzog Band

Jake's rock-jazz group has been performing together in New York City since 2008. They have released four studio albums - Chromatosphere, Patterns, Evolution and the latest, Throwback.

Harvie S on bass and Victor Jones on Drums.

Oberon - Live @ Somethin' Jazz Club

Photo by Deneka Peniston


Photo by Allen Clark

The Young Presidents

Jake Hertzog and Mitch Kaneff, core members of The Young Presidents, are creating an electrifying vision of rock music by collaborating with some of the world’s most talented entertainers including:

Corey Glover (Living Colour), Anton Fig (Late Night with Letterman drummer), Blondie Chaplin (Beach Boys, Rolling Stones), Ivan Neville, Adam Ezra and Grammy-winning producer Rob Fraboni (Stones, Bonnie Raitt, The Band).

Jake plays guitar, sings and co-writes lyrics and music with bassist Mitch Kaneff.

Unacceptable You - Official Music Video


Hey Jazz Guy

Jake's educational project, Hey Jazz Guy, is the also a series of jazz instructional articles and videos Jake has written for Guitar Player magazine. With over 30 articles published to date, Hey Jazz Guy has become a new brand for jazz education. The official Hey Jazz Guy website was launched in May 2012 as an online resource and companion to the magazine. In addition, a HJG ibook is currently in development. Jake has performed numerous solo and full band workshops and has been a guest director for student big bands. Education will always be part of Jakes mission to get the world to jazz hard! 

Latest Hey Jazz Guy Video on Walking Bass & Chords

Photo by Deneka Peniston

Photo by Deneka Peniston


The Bait Blues Band

Jake leads a group of NYC - Blues All-Stars every Sunday at Live Bait in New York. Featuring Eric Udel, Lee Finkelstein and Bobby Harden of The Original Blues Brothers. Live Bait is located at 14 E 23rd Street, New York, NY. The band plays every week from 1 - 4:30pm.

 

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Endorsements


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Endorsements


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Discography


Credited on each as guitarist, song writer or producer

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Discography


Credited on each as guitarist, song writer or producer

Photos


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Photos


Jake

Jake Hertzog Trio - Live at Iridium Jazz Club

The Young Presidents

The Young Presidents at Avatar Studios