Elliott Skinner’s “It Must Be Love” w/ Special Guest Jake Sherman

February 14th, 2020 7pm   Stage 2

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Celebrating Rockwood Music Hall's 15-Year Anniversary!

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Jake Sherman

With his second album, Jake Sherman Returns, Jake Sherman returns. With one foot in the piano pop lineage of Ben Folds and Randy Newman, another foot in the jazz organ tradition of his mentor Dr. Lonnie Smith - and perhaps yet a third foot in the expansive soul of Stevie Wonder -the three-footed Jake Sherman proves yet again that he can walk the walk.

Jake Sherman Returns finds its namesake in an artist who, with one album already under his belt (2012's Jake Sherman), is confident in his instinct to experiment. Exhibiting a wide scope and endearing humor, Returns is a synthesis of popular and esoteric elements; its seven tracks combining glimmering orchestral spacescapes with lo-fi drum machines and vintage keyboards.

Jake's sophomore effort is the profile of an artist whose original sound is as much constructed from his own life experiences as it is from the valuable musical lessons he has gleaned from performing as a sideman with visionaries such as Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello, Nick Hakim, and Gabriel Garzón-Montano. Here we find a capable producer and multi-instrumentalist challenging his listeners' expectations. But make no mistake - this is pop music, cemented as such by Jake's lyrical charm and strong penchant for melody.