Jake Sanders

Redwood Coast Music Festival 2020 Performing Artist - Guest Artist/Band Leader

Jake Sanders is a guitarist, bandleader, and arranger, whose musical career began in New York City at the end of the last century.


After years as a street performer, playing jazz and American traditional music, Sanders formed the popular roots band, The Cangelosi Cards. They performed nightly in the back rooms and bars of the East Village, but soon traveled well beyond Manhattan, playing shows from Shanghai to Stockholm.


After years with the Cards, Jake joined The Fat Babies, an acclaimed hot jazz band which continues to perform weekly at Chicago’s world famous Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. His last album with the group, Solid Gassuh (Delmark Records), made DownBeat Magazine’s "Best of 2017” list - a rare feat for a traditional jazz band in modern times.


A long time musical collaborator with vocalist and world-renowned Lindy hop champion, Naomi Uyama, Jake both plays guitar and arranges for her swing outfit, Naomi & Her Handsome Devils. Sanders has recorded with the great stride and ragtime piano player Paul Asaro, and has been featured on record and stage with the Jonathon Doyle Swingtet.


Jake Sanders has performed at The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Detroit Jazz Festival and The Brooklyn Folk Festival as well as countless clubs, dance halls and theaters throughout North America. Jake’s guitar playing has brought him across Europe and Asia and he is a regular performer in- residence at Cracovia 32, home of the emerging swing scene in Mexico City. As a solo performer, with the Handsome Devils, leading his own quintet, or playing with The Lovestruck Balladeers, Jake Sanders is a consummate traveling musician who can be heard far and wide.


The Jake Sanders Octet features some of the countries finest swing musicians.  The band plays original compositions, original arrangements,, as well as the occasional transcription of swing classics.  With a strong 4 horn front line featuring Jonathon Doyle (Tenor/clarinet) and Dennis Lichtman (Clarinet/Alto) the ensemble has a sound big enough to fill a dance hall, but plays with a subtlety well suited for a listening audience.  


Performance Times:

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