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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) 

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 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!

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 fifth studio album, an all-standards recording called Beyond The Standard ModelThe project has just been digitally released exclusively on jakehertzog.com. Jake most recently headlined at the world famous Blue Note Jazz club in New York, and has performed across the US and Europe.

Jake's prior release, Throwback [Zoho], features special guest  jazz fusion icon Randy Brecker.  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. 

Hertzog's 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. 

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". 

As a songwriter and producer, Jake's latest hit "Aware, Alive, Awake" by Sariah reached #23 on the Billboard Dance Charts in 2015.

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, Turku Conservatory in Finland, 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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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

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

'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, Turku Conservatory of Music, Finland, 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.