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Discography

Latest Release

Throwback  (Zoho Music 2013)

Read Liner Notes written by Bill Milkowski

Throwback emerges as a major milestone in Hertzog's young career. 
Glenn AstaritaAll About Jazz 
Some of the most vibrant, uplifting, toe tapping jazz that makes Throwback one of this year’s best releases.
Rob Nagy, The Mercury, Philadelphia 
The expectations have been set high for Jake Hertzog since he had gotten off to such a nice start to his career. Throwback meets those lofty expectations.
S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews
Some of the finest jazz you're likely to hear this this year...
- Jack Goodstein, blogcritics.org
Highly impressive and imaginative. 
- George W. Harris,  jazzweekly.com
Jake Hertzog truly has his own style. The breadth of his influences crosses over genres and broadens the spectrum of what is considered to denote jazz fusion.
-Susan Frances, Yahoo.com

Past releases 

Evolution (Buckyball Records, 2011)   

"An unapologetic brand of jazz-rock guitar that does not look back...Evolution is easily one of the best jazz-rock guitar CDs of 2011." -Mark Redlefsen, All About Jazz

Patterns  (Buckyball Records, 2010)

Chromatosphere  (Self Released, 2009) 

Jake Hertzog is a jazz-rock guitarist, composer and educator based in New York City. He has consistently received praise for his original and energetic sound and has been compared to guitar greats such as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell.  To-date Hertzog has released four studio albums, the latest album "Throwback" with special guest, Randy Brecker, came out November 2013 to wide acclaim and radio success.

His educational work can be seen in his frequent column "Hey Jazz Guy" in Guitar Player magazine, where he has been coined the "the jazz ambassador to the non-jazz world." Jake most recently headlined at the world famous Blue Note Jazz club in New York, and has performed across the US and Europe.


Band Members

Jake Hertzog - Guitar

Victor Jones - Drums

Harvie S - Bass

Special Guest on Throwback - Randy Brecker on Trumpet


Contact Information

jakehertzog@gmail.com

1 (217) 621-8635

www.jakehertzog.com

www.heyjazzguy.com

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Live Videos from The Triad Theater NYC!

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 contemporary 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.

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, VH1 and MTV, with the single "Time" featuring Ivan Neville. 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 Berklee College of Music and recipient of several performance scholarships. He is now studying for his Masters at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music.

Photo by Deneka Peniston
Jake Hertzog is a risk-taker and a mind-blowing guitarist. There is nothing else like it.
— Susan Frances, JazzReview.Com
Hertzog keeps listeners constantly on their toes, zigging when you might expect him to zag, and blazing through unorthodox intervallic maneuvers with an ease that would likely give players twice his age pause.
— Barry Cleveland, Guitar Player magazine
An unapologetic brand of jazz-rock guitar that does not look back...
— Mark Redlefsen, All About Jazz
At his age Jake already belongs among the great jazzy guitar players like Pat Metheny, Al Di Meola, John Mclaughlin to name but a few.
— Gert Hulshof, Dutch Progressive Rock Page

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Recent Events

2014

October 8th - Jake Hertzog Band - Herr Nilsen - Oslo, Norway

October 7th - Jake Hertzog Band - On The Rocks - Helsink Finland

October 4 & 5th - Jake Hertzog Educational Workshops - Turku, Finland

October 3rd - Jake Hertzog Band - Salo International Jazz Festival - Finland

September 27th & 28th - Jake Hertzog Band - Triumph Brewery - Philadelphia

August 17th - Jake Hertzog Band - The Blue Note - NYC

July 17th - Jake Hertzog Band - The Why Not Jazz Room - NYC

June 6th & 7th - The Young Presidents - Sunset Sessions - San Diego

June 5th - The Young Presidents - The Whiskey - Los Angeles

May 17th - Jake Hertzog Band - Montauk Music Festival

May 9th - Jake Hertzog Guitar Night - The Triad Theater NYC, with Trevor Gordon Hall

March 11th - The Young Presidents - SPiN NYC

February 11th - The Young Presidents Album Release Party - The Cutting Room NYC

January 30 - Jake Hertzog Band - Runway - Aalberg Audio Showcase - San Francisco

January 23-26 Jake Hertzog Showcase at NAMM 2014 - Showcasing with Aalberg Audio

2013

December 5th - Jake Hertzog Band CD Release - Stage 72 - NYC

December 3th - Jake Hertzog Band - Jolly's Piano Bar -Philadelphia 

October 11th - The Young Presidents - CBGB Festival - Fontanas, NYC

November 6th - Jake Hertzog Band - Scullers - Boston, MA

July 6th - Jake Hertzog Band - The Bitter End, New York

May 30-31 - Jake Hertzog Band - Recording Clinics Turku - Finland

May 29 - Jake Hertzog Band - Turun Seudun Musiikkiopisto - Turku, Finland

May 28 - Jake Hertzog Band - Malmitalo Hall - Helsinki, Finland

May 26 - Jake Hertzog Band - Edinburgh Guitar & Music Festival - Edinburgh, Scotland

May 3 - With Swarnabhoomi Faculty - World Music Festival - Taramati Amphitheatre, Hyderabad, India


Advanced...moving...elegant...
...undeniably killing. Guitar aficionados, take note of this stellar six-stringer.
— Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times & Jazz Critic/Author (Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius)
Echoes of Metheny, Stern, and Breau (among others) surface in Hertzog’s playing, but his dazzlingly adventurous approach puts him in a jazz league all his own.
— Art Thompson, Guitar Player magazine
One of the very few prolific young guitarists to convincingly embrace the potential of blending a jazz and rock style of performing.
— John Barron, thejazzword.blogspot.com
Jake has a long, talented career ahead of him...Some musicians just have it all. Jake Hertzog easily fits in that grouping.
— George Maida, The Electric Croude, WCVE Public Radio
Photo by Allen Clark

'Hey Jazz Guy'  Educational Tutorials

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. Hertzog. and his band are always available for teaching engagements.