welcome to the website of john lake

John is a New York City-based jazz and lead trumpet player, composer, and arranger.  John's arranging and copying services are available on the Arranging page.  Visit the Contact page for all inquiries.

"...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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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 limitation of the instrumentation/style/venue to function not as a hindrance, but as a creative springboard.

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Colorado Tour 2015 

Heading out west for a string of dates along the front range in "colorful" Colorado.  John will be appearing at a variety of performance venues including Dazzle Jazz, Gravity Brewing, and Ace Gillett's.  Visit the Performances page for more information.

John will also be guest-lecturing at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Denver School of the Arts while visiting the area.

The week-long run will culminate at Dazzle, where The John Lake Ensemble, a 7-piece acoustic jazz group, will preform a full set of John's originals and arrangements.  This all-star group of Colorado musicians will preform one set only, so purchase tickets now at dazzlejazz.com

Artwork by Annie Booth