Yet for consistent hipness, it's the cool guy I've been warning those women about who wins in the end. Namely, Jake Bergevin, a smooth-jazz lounge singer and muted trumpet player (think Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling and Chet Baker) heard on "Holding Back the Dawn" (Ocean, B+). Jake got me good with his lyrically enhanced and scatting version of Pat Metheny's "The Sacred Romance" and anything but "How Insensitive."
—Jonathon Takiff, Philadelphia Daily News

"With exciting vocals and swinging trumpet, Jake Bergevin presents an eclectic repertoire on his classy CD Holding Back the Dawn and I am personally pleased, as a songwriter, to be included in this satisfying set of music."
—Bob Dorough

"Jake is a wonder…in this age of doubtful music, especially jazz…he is one of the few newcomers who does it right. Very deep and moving writing."
—Mark Murphy

"Frank Sinatra and Chet Baker are the prototypes for an intimate approach to romantic ballads but Jake Bergevin makes these songs his own without sounding like either one of them."
—Jim Wilke

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

"In the jazz world today, there are so few male jazz singers available. It's a pleasant treat that here in the Seattle area we have such a fine jazz vocalist and musician. We appreciated the energy and professionalism that Jake brings to our stage."
Craig and Laura Baker, Bake's Place

Jake's singing is a kick! I've heard him wail the pop of Donald Fagen and Steely Dan, the blues of Jimmy Rushing, play and sing great solos and lay back toward Sinatra's swinging cool. His enthusiasm and versatility are really something to behold! You rock Jake!
Kelley Johnson
, internationally acclaimed jazz singer

Exuding confidence ... Jake's cool, breezy voice sounds best on the opening cut "Nice n' Easy" and his trumpet playing is heard to advantage on "All of You."
—All About Jazz

You made the whole event!! Wonderful…everyone loved the music.
—T. Wingert, Eddie Bauer

Among the crowd favorites were…Jake Bergevin on vocals.
—Pat Muir, Daily Record

Jake Bergevin’s band is swingin’
—Patti Payne, Eastside Journal

Polished performers producing the best in music…true professionals.
—Cammie Yeend, Kirkland Performing Arts Center

The Elks Temple was packed Saturday night with flying feet and swirling dresses as people moved to the sounds of Jake Bergevin & the Javatown Swing Orchestra.
—Tim Engstrom, Daily Record

We really like Jake’s music and get great comments from the guests at our events.
—Special Occasions Catering

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