The Rockin' Jake Band / Bio

Based out of New Orleans since 1990, Rockin' Jake evacuated briefly to Ft.; Worth TX then to St. Louis in 2005 after being flooded out by Hurricane Katrina.. After many years in St. Louis and garnering a "Best Blues Artist" nomination (Riverfront Time Best Of St. Louis awards) in 2011, Rockin' Jake continued his post-Katrina odyssey by moving to South Florida in 2012. 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 & zydeco with influences from Paul Butterfield, Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, The Meters,WAR, J. Geils B&, Clifton Chenier, & the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Widely known as a touring juggernaut among his peers, his schedule of over 200 performances per year include clubs, concert venues, & festivals.In 1990, Jake moved to New Orleans 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 & other local legends. During this time Jake also toured nationally with G. Love & Special Sauce, blues & pop legend Maria Muldaur as well as logging international miles with bluesman T.J, Wheeler. He was selected to perform in an all-star b& featuring blues legends Pinetop Perkins & Hubert Sumlin at the Howlin' Wolf. In 1995 he formed the Rockin' Jake B& as an outlet for his original music & his unique swampy sounds. One 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 on the same label. 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 & Theryl "Houseman" de Clouet (Galactic). In the spring of 2004 he recorded his b&'s first live cd. Over four days in Key West, Florida at the Green Parrot, he & his b& recorded 5 p.m. Breakfast on Zuluzu records. He is a five-time winner of Off Beat Magazine's coveted Best of the Beat award for best harmonica player. Jake is truly a hard working musician with extraordinary talent.

General Info

Band Members
Rockin' Jake - Harmonica, Cleveland Frederick - Bass, Mark Otis - Guitar
Artist Name
The Rockin' Jake Band
Profile Page
Active Since
Blues / Zydeco / Roots Rock

Contact Info

Boynton Beach, FL

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