Five-time winner of Off Beat Magazine's coveted Best of the Beat New Orleans Music Awards for best harmonica player, 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, The Meters, WAR, J. Geils Band, Clifton Chenier and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
A truly hard working musician with extraordinary talent, Rockin’ Jake 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…man it's hot!" Just like the band! Jake also takes time to give back to his New Orleans community with the Project Prodigy Music Camp for children as well as the Blues in Schools Programs in NO and other cities in the US. Widely known as a touring juggernaut among his peers, his schedule of over 200 performances a year include clubs, concert venues, and festivals.
ACCOLADES AND AWARDS
5 time winner, OffBeat Magazine (New Orleans, LA) "Best Of The Beat Awards", best harmonica award.
2011 Riverfront Times (St. Louis MO) nominee, "Best Blues Artist"
2013 Winner Blues Alliance of The Treasure Coast (FL) IBC contest