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Jake Baxendale

Composer, Performer

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Saxophonist, composer and amateur madman Jake Baxendale was signed to NZ record label Rattle Jazz last year with his 8-piece group, The Jac, soon to release their first album, NERVE.

Graduating after 4 years at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington with a Bachelor and Postgraduate Diploma in Jazz Performance, Jake made his mark on the Wellington jazz scene playing with John Rae's The Troubles, Rodger Fox's WJO, and in ensembles with local luminaries such as Rick Cranson, Alexis French and Nick Tipping.

Not to be pigeonholed, Jake also released an EP with original neo-soul outfit Astro Empire last year, and performed with the popular New-Orleans-style brass band The Richter City Rebels.

Recently based in Berlin, Jake had an opportunity to play with the Berlin Big Band in the famed B flat jazz club, as well as recording and performing with the Jazz Institut of Berlin's student large ensemble.

Jake has previously toured with big bands featuring many big names, including Bob Sheppard, Bill Cunliffe, Jon Papenbrook, and as highlight of 2012, touring in the WJO as a featured soloist with Steve Smith of Journey fame, playing the music of Buddy Rich.

Soon Jake will be venturing on an NZ album release tour with The Jac, closely followed by tours in Australia and NZ with his new quintet, Antipodes.

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Beyond the Palace

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The Green Hour

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