Pleased to let you know about a recent interview I did with Aaron Shragge of FONT Music in advance of Sweet Talk's performance at FONT Music Canada March 12.

You can read it here:

I'm pleased to announce the following concerts in Canada and New York next month for Sweet Talk. As a part of this tour, we are honored to be playing the opening night of the second annual Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada. We will be playing a set of mostly new music that we will most certainly shred, so come see us! Also of note, drummer Cody Brown will play in place of Devin Drobka for these shows.

Sweet Talk

Jake Henry - trumpet
Dustin Carlson - guitar
Cody Brown - drums

March 12 - MONTREAL, QC

Resonance Cafe
5175 Park Ave



$15 general / $12 student

March 13 - OTTAWA, ON

692 Somerset Street West




March 14 - TORONTO, ON

961 College Street



March 15 - GUELPH, ON

46 Essex St Old City




March 18 - BROOKLYN, NY

58 7th Avenue



$10 general / $8 student/senior

I am happy to be involved in a new weekly concert series in Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn called 65Fen Music Series. Every Monday we will be presenting two curated sets of music by musicians and bands that we love at Delroy's Bar. The series is co-curated by myself, Michael Foster, Sean Ali, Patrick Breiner, Adam Hopkins and Josh Sinton. Check out our website and Facebook page for the full schedule through February.

See you there.

Special thanks to Bruce Chidester for the very flattering feature/interview that he did with me for his website on all things trumpet, We talked about my methods of composition, improvisation and what it's like to lead a band these days. Check it out here!

I'm very excited to announce that Sweet Talk has been invited to perform at the 2nd annual Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada in Montreal this March. This is a great festival run in large part by most excellent trumpet player Aaron Shragge and exists under the umbrella of the Festival of New Trumpet Music founded by Dave Douglas. I'm very excited for the opportunity and look forward to shredding in Montreal again. More details to come. for more info about the festival.

Later this month I'll be starting a project with one of my favorite saxophone players and human beings Chris Weller from Chicago. We're going to be playing a short duo set in Lafayette, IN at the black sparrow, followed by a gig at the Ears and Eyes series in Chicago with the fantastic Matt Ulery on bass and Jeremy Cunningham on drums. Check out the upcoming concerts section for more info. Stoked.

I just wanted to let you all know that there is a new Sweet Talk video in the internet now. We recorded it at my favorite studio in Brooklyn, Buckminster Studios back in April. It looks pretty great, thanks to the amazing Grayson Dantzic's steady hand on the camera. Check it out here: or on the videos page. Thanks for listening!

Hey Everyone,

I'll be headed into the studio this week to start recording a new set of music with Sweet Talk. We'll also be doing a photo/video shoot with acclaimed photographer Grayson Dantzic which should be super fun.

Sweet Talk's 2014 winter tour has come to an end and as with every time I get off the road I'm left with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for all those that helped to make this happen. Dustin Carlson and Devin Drobka have put so much into my music that it's hard to thank them in a simple blog post. Their efforts and unique energies have repeatedly inspired me to perform and write at a higher level.

From the very first date of the tour to the last I was inspired by the size and quality of the audiences that came out to hear us, in spite of the worst winter weather we've seen in years if not decades. When you're on the road presenting this kind of music it's always great to see the dedication to listening and the desire for musical progression that exists in people in all the different cities across the country. Sometimes you can only hope you make it to the next gig, but when you do there is always something special about the experience. There is a hunger that exists in musical communities across the world to hear and share ideas about music across the localized scenes. To be able to spread our music across such a vast region is both a pleasure and a privilege that is not lost on me. It's this wanting to experience the unheard that pushes us as a band forward to explore new ways to create. The warmth that we felt was incredible and the support is something that will not soon leave me. It pushes me forward in this crazy pursuit to develop as a performer, a composer and as an artist.

More specifically, thanks to Tom Orange in Cleveland, Gabriel Beam at Toledo's Robinwood Concert House, Matt Sintchak at UW Whitewater/Greenhill Center of the Arts, Stephen and Mary Merriman of Merriman's Playhouse in South Bend, Paul Baldwin of Lafayette's Black Sparrow Pub, Josh Berman at the Hungry Brain in Chicago, Chris Weller and Tina Priceman in Oak Park, everyone involved with Unrehearsed MKE in Milwaukee, Robbie Luster and Matt Fong in Toronto, Ben Grossman in Guelph, and Carlo Costa and all of our friends in Brooklyn for an amazing tour.

Here is an interview I did recently with Howard Dukes of the South Bend Tribune as a preview for Sweet Talk's recent gig at Merriman's Playhouse. A nice surprise that we made the cover.

Jake Henry says his introduction to jazz began with Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

One way of thinking says that’s pretty standard. High quality, yes, but still pretty standard. Especially when you consider the type of avant-garde jazz that trumpeter Henry plays as a part of the trio Sweet Talk, which performs Friday at Merrimans’ Playhouse.

“Glitterbomb,” Sweet Talk’s new album, features the kind of free jazz improvisational techniques that a listener might hear from Ornette Coleman. It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, and a tune such as “Montreal” that features rock guitar elements and free-form horn solos is not “All Blues.” However, by the 1970s, Davis had embraced jazz fusion, and he incorporated keyboards, synthesizers and electric guitars into his band.

Davis’ music even featured some of the free-form techniques often associated with avant-garde, and Henry drew inspiration from that.

“Miles and Coltrane both set progression as a priority in their music,” Henry says. “Coltrane being a prominent early figure in free jazz to which avant-garde is an extension, and throughout their entire careers, they were both searching for new ways to frame the jazz that they were playing, and out of that exploration came their innovations. I was inspired by that sense of adventure. It’s what pulled me in early on.”

Henry says he views the music he plays now as a logical extension.

But his musical journey started in a conventional place.

“Like most people, you start with the records that you can find and there is something that pulls you in,” Henry says.

So Henry, who played both guitar and trumpet at the time, listened to and played mainstream jazz.

“I played in a bunch of jazz groups in high school and in big bands that played the music of Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and Count Basie,” he says.

Soon, the Toronto native gravitated to the music of artists such as trumpeter Dave Douglas, a player who fuses free jazz elements into his music.

“He was one of the first people I listened to that was more on the fringe of things that interested me,” Henry says.

He says he and his brother often listened to a Toronto

radio station that played avant-garde jazz during their trips to gigs across Ontario.

“We’d listen to this radio program and there was a lot of interesting music on that program,” he says.

Soon, Henry was listening to other progressive players, such as saxophonists Tim Berne, Tony Malaby and Chris Speed.

Henry played the guitar and trumpet until deciding to focus on the horn in college.

“I went on tour with a big band where I was playing trumpet and realized that

either I could play the guitar full time and well and the trumpet poorly, or I could play the trumpet full time and well and the guitar OK, so I decided to go with the trumpet.”

Henry also says he has more opportunity to innovate on the trumpet.

“The guitar has had a lot of focus on it in the last 30 or 40 years in jazz,” he says. “I didn’t see as much focus on the trumpet, so I thought it would (have) perhaps a more unique voice.”

Sweet Talk consists of Henry, guitarist Dustin Carlson and drummer Devin Drobka.

Henry found a kindred spirit in Carlson, whom he met at a workshop in Alberta.

“After I moved to New York, I met Devin and I knew he was the right drummer for the project,” Henry says.

As the trio discussed the sound they wanted to develop, finding something that appealed to them creatively stood out as a key component.

“It might be fringe already, but I wanted it to be something that I would like to listen to or that somebody with a similar sensibility would like to listen to,” Henry says.

It’s a niche market, but an appetite exists for music made by groups such as Sweet Talk, Henry says.

“In New York City, there is a community of improvisers and avant-garde composers who are pushing the boundaries,” he says. “There is a scene, and within that scene, we are having good luck with booking gigs and getting good feedback, and we can only hope that it continues.”