welcome to the website of trumpeter john lake

John is a New York City based jazz and lead trumpet player.  Originally from the midwestern United States, he has performed and recorded with Joshua Quinlan Quintet, and is a Dazzle Recordings artist.  He also composes and arranges music for his own creative efforts, including SHIRLEY and The John Lake Ensemble.  Tracks off John's latest album are available for streaming at the bottom of this page (it will continue to play as you navigate the pages).

"...demonstrates his monster trumpet chops in a way that makes you lean towards rather than away from the stage"

- Denver Music Scene, Examiner.com

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New release for July 2014, "different-sized cages," available now on bandcamp

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SHIRLEY's new EP released, July 4th 2014 

A new release from John's Denver-based electric jazz-rock group, SHIRLEY.  The new EP is titled “different-sized cages,” and it’s only available on our bandcamp page, HERE.  Otherwise, use this address: https://shirleymusic.bandcamp.com/album/different-sized-cages

“different-sized cages” reflects our capacity as humans to not only inhabit, but to truly fill out any space we might find ourselves in, no matter the quality or configuration.  Musically, this means being able to express both my and the group’s aesthetic fully, allowing the practical limitations of the instrumentation/style/venue/etc. to function not as a hindrance, but as a creative springboard.

Thanks for taking the time to listen, and hopefully purchase the record!  Your support means a LOT to me and the band, as this project was self-funded and truly a labor of love for everyone involved.  Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Notably Fine Audio in Denver.  Cover art by Curtis Peel.