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Discography:

Beyond The Standard Model, Vol I - 2015

(Exclusive digital self-release from jakehertzog.com)

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

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) 

New York Times' Preview of Jake's Upcoming Project!

Jake Hertzog is a critically-acclaimed guitarist, composer and educator whose music transcends genres.  

 

To-date Hertzog has released five studio albums, the latest album "Throwback" with special guest, Randy Brecker, came out November 2013 to wide acclaim and radio success.

Hertzog's newest project, an all-standards recording called Beyond The Standard Model has just been digitally released exclusively on jakehertzog.com.

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

2015-2016 Avails:

Concerts:

Jake Hertzog Trio with Harvie S and Victor Jones

Jake Hertzog Band with Special Guest Ingrid Jensen (Quartet)

Watt Up with Barry Altschul (Quartet)

The Young Presidents with Guests Ivan Neville and Blondie Chaplin

Master classes and workshops:

Jake Hertzog (solo) or with a group. 


Contact Information

jakehertzog@gmail.com

1 (217) 621-8635

www.jakehertzog.com

www.heyjazzguy.com


Live Videos from The Triad Theater NYC!

 

BIO: 

Jake Hertzog is a critically acclaimed guitarist, composer and educator whose career to-date has spanned nine albums as bandleader across jazz, rock and classical new music styles. He has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and India and performed and recorded with a diverse cadre of artists including Randy Brecker, Ivan Neville, Mike Clarke, Blondie Chaplin, Anton Fig, Corey Glover, Barry Altschul, Dave Leibman, Ingrid Jensen and many others.

Hertzog's many projects have included the Jake Hertzog Trio with Harvie S and Victor Jones — a jazz/rock group that has released five albums to wide acclaim and radio success and headlined venues such as The Blue Note in New York and Salo Jazz Festival in Finland.

Most recently, Hertzog released "Well Lit Shadow" (2016), a classical suite for solo electric guitar celebrating themes and images in particle physics. Another of his classical projects, "Stringscapes" for two guitars, was partially premiered in New York in 2016 and is set for recording later this year co-featuring guitarist Yishai Fischer.

Jake is co-leader and co-songwriter of the rock band The Young Presidents with bassist Mitch Kaneff. Their latest album, Firehorse (2016) has just debuted to wide radio success. In 2014 The Young Presidents collaborated with brilliant Grammy winning producer Rob Fraboni on a guest vocalist album called Coalition. The record featured such legendary talent as Ivan Neville, Corey Glover (Living Colour), Blondie Chaplin (The Rolling Stones, Beach Boys), and Anton Fig (Drummer for the Letterman Show) and members of the New Your Philharmonic and Metropolitan Orchestras. 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. 

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 national television shows including Good Morning AmericaThe ViewNickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards and The Today Show.

An active music educator, in 2016 Jake joined the music faculty at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Recent master classes and clinics include Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazztravaganza at the Clarion Performing Arts Center in Lake Jackson, Texas, Turku Conservatory in Finland, EMU Conservatory in Argentina, 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. Under the alias Hey Jazz Guy, Jake contributed over 30 articles to Guitar Player magazine’s ‘Lessons’ section. 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.

Hertzog is a grand prize winner of the Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition, holds a performance degree from Berklee College of Music and a master's degree from The Manhattan School of Music in New York.

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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Notable Past headlining Performances

Festivals:

Montreux Jazz Festival - Switzerland

Salo International Jazz Festival - Finland

Edinburgh Guitar & Music Festival - Edinburgh, Scotland

World Music Festival - Hyderabad, India

NAMM 2014 - Anaheim, CA

Ellnora Guitar Festival - Champaign, IL

Montauk Music Festival - New York, NY

Clubs:

The Blue Note - New York, NY

Iridium - New York, NY

Scullers - Boston, MA

Herr Nilsen - Oslo, Norway

On The Rocks - Helsinki, Finland

Windmills - Bangalore, India

The Bitter End - New York, NY

55 Bar - New York, NY

Jazz Kitchen - Indianapolis, IN

Nighttown - Cleveland, OH

Performing Arts Centers:

Malmitalo Hall - Helsinki, Finland

Caramoor Center for The Performing Arts - Katonah NY

The Clarion Theater -  Lake Jackson TX

Krannert Center For The Performing Arts - Urbana, IL

The Triad Theater - New York, NY

 


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

Masterclasses:

Jake is a faculty member at The University of Arkansas and is available for workshops, clinics and artist-in-residence engagements. Educational offerings are available with and without an accompanying rhythm section. Jake has taught across the US, Europe, India, Latin America and The Middle East. 

Recent workshops include:

Jazz at Lincoln Center

City University of New York

Jazztravaganza at the Clarion Performing Arts Center in Lake Jackson, Texas

Turku Conservatory in Finland

EMU Conservatory in Argentina

Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA., 

Women In Jazz in Halle, Germany

Swarnhaboomi Academy of Music in Chennai, India (Faculty, Spring 2013)

 

2017-18 Workshop Offerings:

Jazz Guitar In 2016

  • Primarily for guitarists, focusing on techniques, sounds and sub-styles. 
  • Emphasis on modern harmonic material, chromaticism, and intervallic playing.
  • Duo and trio playing.
  • Contrast method of improvisational practice.
  • Non-western approach to rhythm such as Indian rhythmic solfeggio and Arabic rhythms.

John (Coltrane) & Jimi (Hendrix)

  • Lecture and interactive performance meant to offer tangible insight into two of the most influential musicians from the 1960's, Hendrix and Coltrane.
  • Elements of their improvisational style are discussed and compared.
  • Students will improvise on Hendrix/Coltrane music using techniques such as texture, free rhythm over time, chromatic superimposition and motivic development.  
  • Students will rediscover the influence of these artists, how to apply their ideas to their own playing.

Band Refinery

  • Focus on a particular student ensemble, either jazz big band, jazz combo or popular music ensemble.
  • Workshop how to take performances of current material to the next level. 
  • Variations can focus on student compositions, classic repertoire, or instructor required material.
  • Emphasis on group playing, performing for audience, emotional balance within the group and concert construction. Video recorded if possible.

The Contrast Method of Improvisation - Find Your Sound

  • Introduces, demonstrates and teaches the contrast method of practicing improvisation. 
  • Introduces qualitative analysis of jazz solos.
  • Students will learn the simple technique for self analysis and many organizational methods for improvising musical topics such as range, speed, register, melodic curve, time, harmonic conception and many more. 
  • Students will gain a new insight into how to build up originality as an improvisor in addition to improving their practice methods.

The Modular Approach

  • Advanced improvisation workshop focusing on use of 3 note intervallic cells - "modules".
  • Use of modules in diatonic and chromatic situations.
  • Ways to build technique on wide intervals.
  • Reharmonization, pedal point, and rhythmic patterns.
  • Compositional techniques using modular theory.

THE Birth of Fusion

  • Music history and performance workshop, tells the story of the birth of the jazz/fusion style from the perspective of rock and jazz icons, focusing on the pivotal years 1964-1970.