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, has recently released his third studio album, Evolution [Buckyball Records], in August 2011. The album has been quickly gaining international regard, playing on radio stations worldwide, and was featured in the “What’s Hot” section of itunes jazz this past January.
Jake’s second studio album, Patterns [Buckyball Records] and 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 Paul Thompson.
Under the alias Hey Jazz Guy, Jake is a frequent contributor to Guitar Player Magazine’s ‘Lessons’ section. He has written over 20 articles for the publication and has been coined the “Jazz ambassador to the non-jazz world”. Jake just launched in June 2012 the Official Hey Jazz Guy website.
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 competition’s history. He was invited back in 2007 to open for John Scofield, Medeski, Martin and Wood. Jake is an alum of the prestigious Berklee College of Music and recipient of several performance scholarships.
Jake Hertzog and his current trio, featuring legendary jazz musicians Harvie S on bass and Victor Jones on drums have performed across the country and usually make their home at the Iridium in New York City.