Jake Bergevin is a longtime Northwest native and has been fortunate to perform as trumpeter/singer/band leader and composer since winning his first Downbeat Magazine Award at age 17. Mr. Bergvin is a proud graduate of Central Washington University where he earned BM and MM degrees. 

Jake has two CDs as leader and has been a featured artist with diverse groups such as the Tacoma Symphony, the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra and many more. He leads his own groups including the Javatown Swing Orchestra and the Jake Bergevin Quartet and can also be heard playing with many other notable northwest top bands and musicians. 

His sophomore CD, Holding Back the Dawn, features a generous dose of ballads and bossa novas. Fans of Chet Baker, Kurt Elling, Mark Murphy and Jon Hendrix will enjoy the fresh arrangements as well as a few original compositions.

Holding Back the Dawn is a very romantic, thoughtful and extremely musical performance. Every song is treated with the Tender Loving Care that it deserves by this wonderful group of musicians. Jake has a lovely voice aside from playing excellent trumpet — and cares about the 'art of story telling' through both instruments. His song choice is both lovingly familiar and refreshingly original — You will love this album — put it on and dance with the closest person around.
—Karrin Allyson, Grammy nominated vocalist

His first recording as a leader, My Name is Jake, available at CDBaby.com, is a combination of sensitive jazz vocals and romping party/dance music. Conceived as a partial tribute to his heroes Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles, Jake puts his own stamp on some classic tunes and demonstrates his crooning, blues shouting, scat-singing and trumpet solo skills in fine fashion.

Jake has played performances at many of Seattle’s most prestigious venues and events, including the Showbox Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Bumbershoot, Folklife Festival, five years running at the Ellensburg Jazz in the Valley Festival plus hundreds of private events at venues like the Westin Hotel, Four Seasons Olympic Hotel, Hotel W, Columbia Winery, Hollywood School House, The Dome Room, Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, and many more. In demand as a private party entertainer, his groups have played for Microsoft, Bellevue Art Museum, AT&T, Eddie Bauer, the Savoy Swing Club, Central Washington University’s Swing Cats and many more.

Also a successful band director and conductor, Jake Bergevin has held leadership positions with the IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) as well as serving the WMEA (Washington Music Education Association) as Jazz Curriculum Chair. He has continued to share his passion for music with many successful students through the music mentoring in both public and private teaching settings.

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