An unapologetic brand of jazz-rock guitar that does not look back...
For three years, Jake
Hertzog stood as musical director and lead guitarist
for Nickelodeon's The Naked Brothers Band stars, Nat and
Alex Wolff. Jake completed two national tours and performed
on countless national television shows including Good Morning
America, The View, Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards and
The Today Show.
Jake was the winner 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
the prestigious Berklee College of Music and recipient of
several performance scholarships.
A true dual jazz-rock musician,
Jake also is co-leader and co-songwriter of the rock band
The Young Presidents
with bassist Mitchell Kaneff. Their first album 'Freedom
Of Speech' was played on AAA radio in 2011 featuring the
single 'Wide Open,' and their new project 'Coalition' [MKM]
features such legendary talent as Blondie Chaplin (The Rolling
Stones, The Beach Boys), Corey Glover (Living Colour), Ivan
Neville and Anton Fig (Drummer for The Letterman Show).
The record represents a landmark collaboration for the band
and was produced by the brilliant Grammy Award 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.
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
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
and 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.
'The blazing wunderkind.' - Guitar Player Magazine
'Brilliant! Hertzog is a tremendous guitar talent with a developing voice sure to garner widespread recognition.' - All About Jazz
'Advanced, moving, and elegant.' - Jazz Times
'Jake Hertzog is a risk-taker and a mind-blowing guitarist. There is nothing else like it.' - JazzReview.com
'[Jake has] all the Metheny earmarks that you love and fear at once...the Wow! factor.' - Boston Phoenix
'Some of the most vibrant, uplifting, toe tapping
jazz that makes Throwback one of this year's best releases.' - Rob Nagy, The Mercury, Philadelphia
'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
'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
'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
'Highly impressive and imaginative.' - George W. Harris, jazzweekly.com
'Throwback emerges as a major milestone in Hertzog's
young career.' - Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz
'Some of the finest jazz you're likely to hear this
this year.' - Jack Goodstein, blogcritics.org
'Jake Hertzog can chord it with real grace or solofire in ways that burn, but originally - not like somebody else really. Jake has a vision that comes across. The fire of rock, the finesse of jazz.' - Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog