Jake Kelberman is a guitarist, composer, and educator from Philadelphia who has performed at venues including Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center in New York City, The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He has competed in the Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition in Montreux, Switzerland and was a finalist in both the Wilson Center Jazz Guitar Competition in Milwaukee and the “Keep an Eye” Jazz Competition in Amsterdam.

Jake has performed and recorded with artists including Wycliffe Gordon, Ulysses Owens Jr., Jim Snidero, Gerald Veasley, Walt Weiskopf, Deana Martin, Terell Stafford, Josh Lawrence, and Chelsea Reed. As a composer, Jake has been commissioned by the Philadelphia Jazz Project to write music inspired by the work of environmental photographer Edward Burtynsky and has collaborated with choreographer Peter Chu, composing new music for works which have been performed by The Juilliard School, The Charlotte Ballet, Gibney Dance Company, and Giordano Dance Chicago. 

Jake is a professor of jazz guitar at Temple University and has worked as a teaching artist with universities and organizations including the EMESP Tom Jobim School in São Paulo, Brazil, The University of Belize, Regional Dance America, and West Virginia Wesleyan University. An advocate for social change through music, he has worked with organizations including Concerts in Motion, Philadelphia Community Arts Network, West Park Cultural Center, and with El-Sistema inspired programs including The National Youth Orchestra and Choir of Belize and Harmony Program in New York. Jake is a member of the Global Leaders Program 2020 cohort, holds a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance and Political Science from Temple University, and a masters’ degree in Jazz Studies from the Juilliard School under the direction of Wynton Marsalis.


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