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John Lake is a trumpet player and composer living in New York City, maintaining a busy performance schedule as a jazz soloist and in-demand lead trumpet player. John composes and arranges original music for his own acoustic jazz septet, The John Lake Ensemble, and is a co-leader of the New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra, which has featured such artists as Peter Bernstein, Dick Oatts, and Terrell Stafford. John's compositions and arrangements have been performed at New York University, University of Wyoming, University of Colorado, Ithaca College, Celebrity Cruises, and many more.

Recent large-ensemble performances include lead and section trumpet with the American Ballet Theater Orchestra at Lincoln Center, Michael Feinstein & Tedd Firth Big Band at Jazz At Lincoln Center, Ben Markley Big Band, Fat Cat Big Band, Jihye Lee Jazz Orchestra, Jazzharmonic Orchestra, David Berger Jazz Orchestra, Charlie Rosen’s Broadway Big Band and 8-Bit Big Band, the Danny Jonokuchi Big Band, Brian Krock’s Big Heart Machine, Jazzharmonic Orchestra (Miho Hazama & Ron Wasserman), Steven Feifke Big Band, Terazza Big Band (Michael Thomas & Edward Perez), the Seth Weaver Big Band, and is a featured musician of the New York Rangers NHL team

Both Are True

Label: Greenleaf Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Climbing On Mirrors; Duo 1; Both Are True; Rebonds; Coral; And It Rolled Right Down; Foggy Valley; Duo 2; Reverses.

Truth

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Hudson; What If; Here’s That Rainy Day; Frost; Red; On a Clear Day; The Last Hour of February; It Could Happen to You.

Seven Angels

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Bet; Nightwatch; Ladybird; Whelmed; Intro To Pearls; Pearls of the Tartar; A Shade of Jade; Seven Angels; Signal Changes; cloud_down; Everything I Love.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Lake: Seven Angels

Read "Seven Angels" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Compelling is the first word that comes to mind in describing John Lake's debut record as a leader. Eight Lake originals, adjoined by three reimagined tunes from the past, comprise Seven Angels. A seasoned studio musician and sideman, Lake knew his time had come. He is joined by five stellar musicians who collectively build a liquid ...

Assembly of Shadows

Label: Soundspore Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Strata; Honeymooners; Assembly of Shadows Suite: I. Introduction; II. Assembly of Shadows; III. Shapeless Dancer; IV. Transfiguration; V. Light Through the Leaves.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ben Markley: Clockwise: The Music Of Cedar Walton

Read "Clockwise: The Music Of Cedar Walton" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Cedar Walton, whose long and illustrious career ended with his passing in August 2013, was not only one of his era's most celebrated jazz pianists but a musician whose impressive talents as a composer were often beclouded by his remarkable success as a performer. One of those whose admiration for Walton the composer is as earnest ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ron Miles: Jazz Gentleman, Part 3

Read "Ron Miles: Jazz Gentleman, Part 3" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3[Editor's Note: In Florence Wetzel's in-depth interview with Ron Miles, the Colorado-based trumpeter covers the rest of his releases, including an exclusive first look at his forthcoming album, Quiver (Enja, 2012), due out later this year.] Chapter Index Laughing Barrel Stone/Blossom Quiver Practicing and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Shirley: From a Bright Clearing

Read "From a Bright Clearing" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment when “fusion" became a dirty word in jazz, but it definitely occurred sometime in the 1980s. Although fusion had been embraced by many musicians and fans, there was suddenly an overriding philosophy that “real" jazz did not incorporate electric instruments or electronics. This idea has lost currency over the ...


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