Guitarist Jake Langley has emerged as one his generation's most in demand guitarist. Originally from Toronto and then New York, Jake has been an in-demand sideman for many years. Jake held the guitar chair with the illustrious Joey Defrancesco Trio for five years, performing world wide. Jake is now focused on producing music for artists, film and T.V. at his recording studio Led DIllo. in 2013 Jake produced and performed and records by Dupree, Elias Haslinger, Kellye Grey, The Night Owls, the Bordertown Bootleggers, Pinetop Perkins, Rick Trevino, Marcia Ball, Mike Schirmer, Candace Belamy and others.
As a leader, His fifth jazz organ trio CD "Here and Now" was released in 2009 features New York heavyweights Sam Yahel and Ian Froman. Jakes fourth CD with Joey Defrancesco and Byron Landham "Movin' and Groovin" (Alma Universal) was nominated for a Juno Award in Canada in 2007. Also in that year, Jake was featured on Joey Defrancesco's CDs "Organic Vibes" (Concord) with Bobby Hutcherson and "Authorized Bootlegs" with George Coleman (Concord).
His Jazz credits read like a who's who with the likes of 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's excells in genres outside of jazz including soul, funk, R&B, Rock and Pop as can be heard via his recordings with David Clayton Thomas "Aurora" (Justin Time) and with performing alongside artists Willie Nelson, Rufus Wainright, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and KD Lang.
The guitarist has been heard in many broadway productions such as The Color Purple, Mama Mia, Hair, Wickid, Chicago and Jesus Christ Superstar. He has performed with Chisten Chenowith, Idena Menzel, Bernadette Peters, and Joan Rivers.
Jake appears on the P.B.S. special and DVD "Legends of Jazz" and has performed on many national T.V. shows including the Songwriters Hall of fame.
As a bandleader Jake has recorded five CD's and was featured at the 2005 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. Jake won the Canadian National Jazz award in 2004/05.
During his 15 year career as a session guitarist in Toronto and New York, he has been on over 100 recordings and has performed on countless jingles, T.V. shows, and movie soundtracks. Jake worked as a live recording engineer for Jazz Fm 91 producing over 100 recordings including Roy Hargrove, Sheila Jordan, Rob McConnell, Marc Jordan and others and was nominated for a Juno in 2007 for his production of the David Braid Quartet CD. He has produced many CDs, Jingles and Movie soundtracks and was nominated for 2 Genie Awards.
He currently writes and produces music for film, T.V. and other media and for other recording artists at his Studio in his Studio Led Dillo. www.leddillo.com