Jake Shapiro is an accomplished pianist and organist. He has been playing and performing since the age of 7. A native of Chicago, Jake has had the opportunity to study with Laura Hoffman and Jim Trompeter, two of the city's premier pianists. Jake moved to Miami, where he received his Master's Degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the University of Miami under full scholarship. While there, Jake studied with jazz greats such as Shelly Berg, Martin Bejerano, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Brian Lynch, and many more. He has worked with legends like John Daversa, Danilo Perez, Rufus Reid, Ed Calle, Dave Holland, and Terrence Blanchard.
At the young age of 27, Jake has the maturity and musicality of someone much older than him. Jake has already toured the globe a number of times. He received 3 Downbeat Awards in 2016, including Best Jazz Arrangement, Small Jazz Group, and Blues, Pop, Rock Group. Jake has performed at the 5th Annual Jazz Education Network Conference with the Afro-Caribbean Jazz Artists Ensemble under the direction of Grammy winner, Brian Lynch. As a member of the world renowned University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, Jake placed first at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, CA. He returned a few months later to perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival.
Jake has recently taken his talents back to the great city of Miami, where he is currently a Teaching Assistant and pursuing a DMA at the Frost School of Music. Jake was recently named a Semi-Finalist in the upcoming 2018 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition.
Playing with an amazing technical facility and a swing feel like no other, Jake is quickly gaining acclaim as one of the top pianists of his generation. Be on the lookout for his upcoming shows and projects. Sign up to his mailing list to find out where you can see him next.