Jazz musician by day, jazz musician by night
Guitar Player Magazine is calling him "…the blazing wunderkind." The
Boston Phoenix has declared him "...the WOW! factor." Award-winning
jazz guitarist and composer, Jake Hertzog, is making it big in New York
City. Jake’s third studio album, Evolution [Buckyball Records], just
released this August 2011 has been quickly gaining international regard.
Jake's second studio album, Patterns [Buckyball Records] and Jake’s
debut album, Chromatosphere (2009), brought him critical acclaim,
including a five page interview in Guitar Player Magazine (June 2009)
highlighting his unique technique and approach to modern jazz guitar. Both
albums are recorded and produced by Grammy Award-winner, Joshua
Under the alias Hey Jazz Guy, Jake is a monthly contributor to Guitar
Player Magazine’s ‘Lessons’ section. He has been coined as the Jazz
ambassador to the non-jazz world.
For three years, Jake stood as musical director, lead guitarist and mentor
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 America, The View, Nickelodeon
Kids Choice Awards, The Today Show and many others.
Past achievements include winning the Grand Prize in 2006 for the
Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition in Switzerland. Jake holds title at 20
years old as the youngest ever prize winner in the competitions history.
He was invited back in 2007 to showcase his original music in the
Montreux Jazz Festival. Jake is an alum of the prestigious Berklee
College of Music and recipient of several performance scholarships.
Jake’s contributions to the rock world including the successful New York
band Wakey Wakey, the pop world with Nat and Alex Wollf and his vast
expertise in Jazz put him in the forefront of the fusion world.