JAKE JACOBS
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Although the "new kid" on the Streetheart block, Jake is an established and highly regarded bassist/instrument technician with a vast wealth of experience. Born in New England but raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, his musical family proved influential as Jake picked up the bass at the age of 12. Halifax’s fertile school music system solidified his love for music, and a gig with a commercial rock band proved too persuasive a force for the impressionable youth to resist and he decided to make music a full time profession. The early 80’s was the end of the era of having many musical styles on any single radio station, and fortunately Jake was able to cut his teeth while jobbing in many diverse and demanding style and gig situations. The late 80’s were spent in Vancouver where Jake’s wife, Katy, studied music therapy and Jake played with numerous groups, including the legendary Powder Blues Band. Returning to Nova Scotia to start a family in ‘89, he spent the next decade touring with a succession of successful Celtic artists, including The Rankin Family, The Barra MacNeils and Natalie MacMaster. Jake and his family settled in Winnipeg in 2004, where the rich music scene welcomed them with open arms.

Although he has toured throughout Canada, the United States, much of Western Europe and parts of the Caribbean he is primarily known for his stylistic prowess and consummate studio sensibility. These abilities have seen Jake through over 30 professional theatre productions, dozens of television appearances, over one hundred individual cd sessions, hundreds of jingle and promotional sessions and literally thousands of live performances. He counts as fellow life travelers the hundreds of artists which he has accompanied including Amos Garrett, Peter Rowan, Anne Murray, Rita MacNeil, Ben E. King, Mark O’Connor, The Shuffle Demons, Ramsey Lewis, Cindy Church, Alfie Zappacosta and others. Jake has had more than two dozen equipment reviews published in Guitar World’s Bass Guitar magazine. While devoting himself whole-heartedly to taking the reins of the manic Streetheart bass chair, Jake remains the musical director/bassist for the Rankin Family and bassist for the Rankin Sisters and the Ron Paley Band.

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