Jake Hanlon

Jake Hanlon

Instrument: Guitar | Location: Halifax

Beautiful writing and playing... LOOKOUT... wonderful.
—Vic Juris

Updated: June 15, 2021

Born: September 2, 1978

Jake Hanlon is a Guitarist, Composer, and Educator based in Atlantic Canada where he maintains an active career as a performer and educator frequently performing with regional and international acts.

Hanlon released Follow and Autumn Song, both nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year by the ECMA. He is a member of Dual Chromatic, who's live album “Into the Pale” is scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2019.

Hanlon is an Assistant Professor of Music at Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish Nova Scotia and has been a member of the Faculty of Music since 2008. As a member of the Faculty, Hanlon teaches Jazz Guitar, Improvisation and Composition. His contribution to the Visiting Artist program has allowed him to perform with International artists such as Dave Liebman, Chad Wackerman, Tim Hagans, Peter Erskine, Andy LaVerne and more. Hanlon is an alumnus of the University of North Texas and Saint Francis Xavier.

Hanlon has performed with Canadian artists such as Paul Tynan, Mike Murley, Kirk MacDonald, Ethan Ardelli, Mike Rud, Diane Nalini and David Braid. He is available for events public and private as well as clinics in your area.


Gibson Guitars Fender Amps Various effects from Strymon, Diamond, MXR and more.


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”Jake is a smooth rider!” —Curtis Fuller

”An Excellent Guitarist in his own right” —Fred Hamilton

”...Beautiful writing and playing... LOOKOUT... wonderful” —Vic Juris

Teaching Testimonials

“His Students are in the best of hands.”

John Stowell, International Jazz Artist

“I had the pleasure of having Jake Hanlon as an arranging teacher and group instructor at St. FX between 2008 and 2011. Jake was not only extremely knowledgeable but also a truly fantastic educator. Jake takes the time to ensure each student is truly understanding curriculum while encouraging all to embrace challenges and become stronger musicians

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Jake Hanlon currently is a Professor of Jazz Guitar at Saint Francis Xavier University located in Atlantic Canada. Hanlon is available for Masterclasses in Jazz Guitar, Composition, Jazz Ensemble and Pedagogy. Those interested in regular lessons with Hanlon can arrange weekly or bi-weekly lessons. Prices vary on level, experience and age of the student.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Clinics can vary on subject matter from strictly Guitar through to Jazz composition and arranging.



From: Hanlon Brothers Quintet: NSTX
By Jake Hanlon


From: Follow
By Jake Hanlon

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