Welcome

Welcome to the official website of San Francisco Bay Area jazz pianist, composer and piano teacher Jake Smolowe. Take a look around, put on some music and make sure to join the email list! For piano students or prospective students – or for anyone interested in learning more about the piano – be sure to check out my Piano Lessons page; my Blog, which has several articles on music theory; and my Video page, which has a brief mini-lesson.

Sioux City Kid shows in the coming weeks

I wanted to let you know that after a long hiatus, Sioux City Kid will be back on stage in several venues around northern and central California in the next five weeks. So if you were itching for some of that gypsy/blues/folk/gospel/rock goodness, here’s what’s in store for SCK:

Tues., May 28, 8:00pm – The New Parish (Oakland, CA)

Fri., June 14, 9:00pm – The Independent (San Francisco, CA)

Thurs., June 20, 8:00pm – Fulton 55 (Fresno, CA)

Fri., June 28, 9:00pm – The Crepe Place (Santa Cruz, CA)

Sat., June 29, 9:00pm – Sophia’s Thai Kitchen (Davis, CA)

SCK Kickstarter – We Made It!

We did it! Sioux City Kid funded the Kickstarter, thanks to all of you, and we’ve recorded our second album! It’s currently in the mixing studio with our fantastic engineer Andy Freeman on the task. Thanks to all who helped out with contributions and messages of support, and stay tuned for more news in the…

SCK Kickstarter: less than 24 hours remaining!

Sioux City Kid, the amazing rock band that I’ve been proud to be a part of for over 2 years, is recording its second full-length album, but we need your help! To that end, we’ve started a Kickstarter project to finance the album’s recording, production and distribution. We’re trying to raise at least $7500 by…Continue Reading

Minor key signature blog up

2nd blog article is up – another music theory article! I take a second look at the Circle of 5ths, this time with minor key signatures!

New Blog!

I just wrote my first article for the new, official jakesmolowe.com blog. The subject of the article is: Understanding key signatures: Major keys. Check it out!

New audio files available for streaming

Just loaded several new clips from Sioux City Kid’s album Speak of the Devil, But Softly, into my audio player. Take a listen–on various tracks I’m playing upright piano, hammond organ, wurlitzer, percussion and even accordion! Also look out for the bonus full-length, piano-only track, “Interlude II.” You can listen to them on my sidebar…

1st Video Up!

And it’s a piano instructional video! I demonstrate how to play a fun bass/chords triplet riff over a V-i progression. You can play jazz too! Check it out on my Video page.