Jake Telford (a.k.a. Jake Sax) is a prolific saxophonist, flautist, and music producer/DJ, he has toured and performed on many stage radio and television shows, from mainstream Pop, Soul, Jazz, Funk, to cutting edge underground dance music. He has written music prolifically for Library, TV, Film, and is half of the upcoming dance production/song-writing duo Ok_Ma.
Jake’s many performance and recording credits include many tours with Dodgy on the ‘Free Peace Sweet’ and ‘Homegrown’ albums, television performances with the Stereophonics during the ‘Handbags and Gladrags’ tour, work with David Arnold, Jon Carter, Good Lookin’ Records, Stereo MC’s, BBE records, Wah Wah 45s, Ubiquity Records, Terry Reid, Demis Roussos, DJ Rap, Paul Trouble Anderson, Bryan Abrahams, Ayub Ogada (Real World records), and many more. He has been seen on the main stages of many of the worlds big festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading, Womad, with TV performances on TOTP, TFI Friday, White Room, CDUK, MTV Unplugged, even stadium UEFA football cup celebrations.
Jake’s musical education after leaving college was through live jam and residencies like those at the Hanover Grand with ‘Fresh n Funky’, WKD, and notably Flipside at the Iceni, where Jake as resident house band MD worked with phenomenal guests such as Jamiroquai and the James Brown band. As a keen advocate of club & dance music, Jake regularly performs with DJ’s, and was one of the UK pioneers in this field back in the mid 90’s, playing over House and drum and bass grooves at big warehouse raves (Superstition etc), with DJ plus Sax combinations live on the underground radio shows such as Unknown and House.
Currently Jake resides at his long running residency on Saturday’s with OK_MA’s DJ Young Lee at the Bedroom bar in Shoreditch, London, where they play Afro and Latin orientated House, Disco, and Nu beats. OK_MA’s recent notable live performances include Google parties at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Vogue magazine parties, Miami Beach parties, Blue Water Run launch at the Tate Modern.
(Photo courtesy of Irven Lewis Photography)