Calgary Bluesfest (2008)
Jake Langley has quickly taken his place as one of Canada's premier jazz guitarists. The media has referred to Jake as a "rising star" and a "hot, young talent". New York Jazz Magazine says "... infectious... Langley (is) one of the most notable Canadian musicians to come to light in the past years."
The 33 year old, New York based musician has been gaining international attention in the past four years while touring as part of the world renowned Joey Defrancesco Trio. He also has been gaining critical acclaim with the 2006 international release of his CD "Movin' and Groovin" featuring organist Joey Defrancesco and Byron Landham on Alma/Universal. Jake is featured on the latest Joey Defrancesco release "Authorized Bootleg" (Concord) with George Coleman and received rave reviews for his participation on Joey's 2006 release "Organic Vibes" with Bobby Hutcherson and Ron Blake. Jake is also known in the R&B, Pop, Blues world via his recordings with David Clayton Thomas "Aurora" (Justin Time) and with performing alongside artists Willie Nelson, Rufus Wainright, Bobby "Blue" Bland, KD Lange as well as performing and recording with Jazz icons Bobby Hutcherson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Steve Gadd, Pat Labarbara, James Moody, Trudy Pitts, George Coleman, Houston Person, Pee Wee Ellis, Scott Hamilton, Garth Hudson, Ron Blake and Bill Cosby and others. Jake also appears on the P.B.S. special and DVD "Legends of Jazz". As a leader of his own group Jake has recorded four CD's and was featured at the IAJE convention, and the Montreal and Toronto international jazz festivals. Jake was nominated for a Juno Award "Best jazz recording" in 2007 and he won a JUNO Award in 2003 for his participation in Richard Underhill's award winning CD "Tales From the Blue Lounge". He won the Canadian National Jazz award in 2004/05.