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Jake Sanders / Christo Ruppenthal Jazz Guitar Duo

Join Chicago jazz guitarist Jake Sanders (Naomi & Her Handsome Devils, Lovestruck Balladeers, Jonathan Doyle Swingtet) and Madison jazz guitarist Christo Ruppenthal (Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble, Mal-O-Dua, The North Westerns) and for an intimate early evening jazz guitar performance. The two have shared the stage together on multi group lineups but for the first time ever will perform together at the North Street Cabaret!

Jake Sanders Bio:
Jake Sanders is a guitarist, bandleader, and arranger, whose musical career began in New York City at the end of the last century. After years as a street performer, playing jazz and American traditional music, Sanders formed the popular roots band, The Cangelosi Cards. They performed nightly in the back rooms and bars of the East Village, but soon traveled well beyond Manhattan, playing shows from Shanghai to Stockholm. After years with the Cards, Jake joined The Fat Babies, an acclaimed hot jazz band which continues to perform weekly at Chicago’s world famous Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. His last album with the group, Solid Gassuh (Delmark Records), made DownBeat Magazine’s "Best of 2017” list - a rare feat for a traditional jazz band in modern times.

A long time musical collaborator with vocalist and world-renowned Lindy hop champion, Naomi Uyama, Jake both plays guitar and arranges for her swing outfit, Naomi & Her Handsome Devils. Sanders has recorded with the great stride and ragtime piano player Paul Asaro, and has been featured on record and stage with the Jonathon Doyle Swingtet.

Jake Sanders has performed at The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Detroit Jazz Festival and The Brooklyn Folk Festival as well as countless clubs, dance halls and theaters throughout North America. Jake’s guitar playing has brought him across Europe and Asia and he is a regular performer in-residence at Cracovia 32, home of the emerging swing scene in Mexico City. As a solo performer, with the Handsome Devils, or with The Lovestruck Balladeers, Jake Sanders is a consummate traveling musician who can be heard far and wide.