Jake Schepps is an uncommon musician, banjoist, and composer creating music for the traditional American string band that is anything but traditional. Think bluegrass steeped in jazz, adorned with global influences, classical composition, and nuanced arrangements.
Jake’s finesse with the 5-string banjo is rooted in the distinct and intrepid spirit of his Colorado home. The state that has long-embraced progressive bluegrass provided a nurturing community for Jake to hone his sound and distinct technique.
Jake’s philosophy: one lateral step on the banjo creates a completely fresh arena for string band music.
It’s a vision that has driven his work for over 20 years, through four critically acclaimed and award-winning albums, and underpins his current project, Round Window Radio.
Round Window Radio is an innovative online music subscription series covering territory from bluegrass to Brazilian choro, jazz, classical and more - each revealed through the prism of the 5-string banjo. New releases each month offer inventive, exciting, and rich new music with a wide spectrum of accomplished collaborators.
As a bandleader with the Jake Schepps Quintet, the Expedition Quartet, and now Round Window, he has performed around the country, overseas, and he has been featured at NPR’s Tiny Desk, Colorado Public Radio, eTown, and WNYC.
Find lots of Jake's music here.