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 theContinue Reading

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 byContinue ReadingContinue Reading

New blog entry: building minor scales intervallically

We’ve looked at Major and Minor scales through the Circle of 5ths, and also how to build Major scales using a specific sequence of half steps and whole steps. This time we look at the intervallic sequence for minor scales.

New blog entry: building Major scales intervallically

Sometimes you don’t want to go through the Circle of 5ths to build your major scales. That’s why we have intervals! Learn how to build major scales intervallically.

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!

Great American Music Hall Photos

Just put up some great new photos of Sioux City Kid’s June 2011 and May 2012 performances at the Great American Music Hall. Enjoy!

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 sidebarContinue Reading

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.