||This article is written like a personal reflection or opinion essay rather than an encyclopedic description of the subject. (July 2010)|
|Born||April 27, 1976|
|Genres||Jazz, Jazz fusion, Second Line, Funk, Soul|
|Years active||2000 - present|
Jake Eckert was born April 27, 1976 in Chicago and at a young age moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he grew up. Jake is currently known as the Guitarist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band out of New Orleans. Jake has performed around the world with the band since 2007. Before his time with the New Orleans music scene, he began playing music in Atlanta, GA as a kid. It was there he was introduced to the thriving Georgia live music scene. In his early years he shared the stage with such artists as Derek Trucks Band, Merl Saunders, Col. Bruce Hampton and Marshall Tucker Band, to name a few. In 2000 Jake moved to Los Angeles where he spent over six years performing live and doing recordings sessions in L.A. and the West Coast. In LA he played with the funk/jazz band New Soul Underground, with this group he had the honor of recording and performing live with legendary guitarist Larry Carlton.
In 2007 Jake joined The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and now lives in New Orleans. Most recently he had the pleasure of performing at the 2009 Grammy Awards with Allen Toussaint, Lil’ Wayne, Robin Thicke, and Terence Blanchard. Jake released his first solo album "Roll On" in 2009. It features his original compositions, "Roll On" also features guest performers George Porter Jr., Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Lee Thornburg, Travis Carlton and Kirk Fletcher. Jake is currently still with Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and also plays with The New Orleans Suspects along with Reggie Scanlan (Radiators), "Mean" Willie Green (Neville Bros.), Kevin Harris (Dirty Dozen) and CR Gruver.
Jake has recorded or performed with Larry Carlton, Allen Toussaint, Lil’ Wayne, Dr. John, Robby Krieger, Art Neville, Chali2na, Robin Thicke, Terence Blanchard, DJ Logic, Otiel Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, James Gadson, Jesse McCartney, Gary Novak, Mike Landau, Kirk Fletcher, Anders Osborne, June Yamagishi, Kirk Joseph, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and many more…