Jake Botts is a dynamic saxophonist with a bebop and soul-influenced vocabulary, a unique sense of melody, and a pure, powerful, tone. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Jake graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City where he studied with jazz and commercial saxophone luminaries such as Vincent Herring, Jaleel Shaw, and Ian Hendrickson-Smith of the Roots. Shortly after his graduation in 2017, Jake relocated to Nashville, TN where he quickly began working as a professional saxophonist.
Jake draws influence from not only the pioneers of bebop such as Charlie Parker, Julian Cannonball Adderley, and Sonny Stitt, but also from the R&B and soul world of artists such as Maceo Parker, Lenny Pickett, and the Daptone Horns. Because of his wide-ranging sources of inspiration, his playing has a natural backdrop of the bebop and jazz lineage along with the vigor and aesthetic of soul music.
In 2019, Jake toured with Kelly Clarkson on her 28-city Meaning of Life Tour. He has also performed with John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Brett Eldridge, Kelsea Ballerini, and Brynn Cartelli.
Jake is also a Drake Mouthpieces Endorsing Artist and currently uses their products on alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones.