Rockin' Jake has been hailed by many as one of the premier harmonica players in the country. His original sound is a hybrid of second line, swamp funk, blues and zydeco with influences from Paul Butterfield, Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, Muddy Waters, J. Geils Band, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Widely known as a touring juggernaut among his peers, his schedule of over 200 performances per year includes clubs, concert venues, and festivals.
Originally from the East Coast, Jake moved to New Orleans in 1990 where he began to work with such notable New Orleans mainstays as: blues diva Marva Wright, Mem Shannon, Coco Robicheaux, Little Freddie King, Tommy Ridgley, Eddie Bo and other local legends. During this time Jake also toured nationally with G. Love & Special Sauce, blues and pop legend Maria Muldaur as well as logging international miles with bluesman T.J, Wheeler. He was selected to perform in an all-star band featuring blues legends Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin at the Howlin' Wolf.
In 1995 he formed the Rockin' Jake Band as an outlet for his original music. A year later Jake recorded his debut CD, "Let's Go Get 'Em" on Rabadash Records which earned him national recognition. In 1999 Jake produced "Badmouth" on Zuluzu records followed by "Full-Time Work" in 2002. It included an all-star cast of musicians such as John Gros (Papa Grows Funk), Ron Johnson (Karl Denson's Tiny Universe), Bryan Stoltz (the funky Meters), Ben Ellman and Theryl "Houseman" de Clouet (Galactic). In the spring of 2004 he released his first live cd “5 p.m. Breakfast” on Zuluzu records recorded over a four day period at the Green Parrot in Key West.
He is a five-time winner of Off Beat Magazine's coveted “Best of the Beat” award for best harmonica player in New Orleans. Jake is truly a hard working musician with extraordinary talent. He and his band pour out their souls in every performance with high energy and electricity which consistently brings the audience to their feet.
In his spare time Jake managed to snare some culinary kudos in New Orleans, taking the trophy for "Best Barbequed Brisket" at the 1999 New Orleans Musicians Barbeque Competition, and launching his own line of signature hot sauce, "Badmouth". Jake also takes time to give back to his New Orleans community with Project Prodigy Music Camp for children as well as the Blues in the Schools programs in New Orleans and other cities in the US.
Rockin' Jakes first visit to the Rockfish happens 8:30 PM Thursday, June 1. Cover is $8 @ the door.