Biography

    John Lake is a trumpet player and composer living in New York City, maintaining a busy performance schedule as a jazz soloist and in-demand lead trumpet player and recording artist. John composes and arranges original music for his own acoustic jazz septet, The John Lake Ensemble, and is a co-leader of the New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra, which has featured such artists as Peter Bernstein, Dick Oatts, and Terrell Stafford, and has performed at Birdland Jazz Club in New York City.  John's compositions and arrangements have been performed at colleges across the US.

     John's debut album, Seven Angels, was released in 2020 by Outside In Music. Recorded in Brooklyn, the record consists of a diverse mix of contemporary originals and modern arrangements of jazz classics, whose conceptions span the length of John's tenure in New York City. It continues to receive favorable reviews in printed press; All About Jazz said, "Compelling is the first word that comes to mind in describing John Lake's debut record as a leader," while Jazz Weekly noted, "...Toes tapping on every beat. Red meat for hard boppers."

     Lake's recent large-ensemble performances include lead and section trumpet with the American Ballet Theater Orchestra at Lincoln Center, Michael Feinstein & Tedd Firth Big Band at Jazz At Lincoln Center, Charlie Rosen’s Broadway Big Band and 8-Bit Big Band, Remy Le Boeuf's Assembly Of Shadows (Grammy-nominated), Angela Morris/Anna Webber Big Band (NY Times "Best of 2020"), Steven Feifke Big Band, Eyal Vilner Big Band, Jihye Lee Jazz Orchestra, Brian Krock’s Big Heart Machine, and the Terazza Big Band (Grammy-nominated). John is a featured musician of the New York Rangers NHL team, and has performed at jazz clubs and festivals across the US and internationally.

     In the worlds of popular music and theater, John’s diverse musical talents have afforded him opportunities to perform in the orchestras of several Broadway musical productions, including Mean Girls and Be More Chill.  Additionally, John has performed and recorded with numerous pop and theater icons, including Mr. Carmack, Mac Miller, Alex Newell, Marin Mazzie, Josh Groban, and Kristin Chenoweth.

     Originally from the midwest, Lake holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder. John has continued his academic interests into his professional career by performing and teaching clinics at high schools and colleges nationwide. Additionally, John's writing on various topics in jazz has been featured in DownBeat magazine, JazzEd online, and JazzTimes online. 

John plays and endorses XO Brass instruments, and records with Barkley Microphones