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Jake Sander
Jake Sander
Jake Sanders is a guitarist, bandleader, and arranger whose musical career began as a busker on the streets of New York City. After years as a street performer playing jazz and traditional American music, Sanders formed the popular roots band, The Cangelosi Cards. After his stint with the Cards, Jake joined The Fat Babies, an acclaimed hot jazz band that played weekly at Chicago's famed Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. His last album with the group, Solid Gassuh (Delmark Records), was named to DownBeat magazine's "Best of 2017" list, a rare achievement for a traditional jazz band in modern times.

As a longtime musical collaborator of world-renowned champion Lindy hop vocalist and champion Naomi Uyama, Jake plays guitar and arranges for her swing ensemble, Naomi & Her Handsome Devils. Sanders has recorded with the great stride and ragtime pianist, Paul Asaro, and has been featured on recording and on stage with the Jonathon Doyle Swingtet.

Jake Sanders has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, and Brooklyn Folk Festival, as well as countless clubs, ballrooms, and theaters throughout North America. Jake's skill on the guitar has taken him to Europe and Asia, and he is a regular performer at Cracovia 32, home to Mexico City's emerging swing scene. As a soloist or with the Handsome Devils, the Dotted Halves trio or with the Lovestruck Balladeers quintet, Jake Sanders is an accomplished traveling musician who can be heard far and wide.
Leo Cortes Quintet from Mexico City
Leo Cortés is a Mexican bassist who has led various Swing projects. He has participated in two editions of Swing Break Mexico, co-directing alongside great musicians such as Jake Sanders, Aurora Nealand, and Jonathan Doyle. Leo also directed the Swing México Jazz Band for several years, performing alongside vocalist Louise Phelan at festivals in Mexico City and surrounding areas, including the Neuma Festival, Polanco Jazz Festival, and Jazztlán Festival in Cholula. Currently, Leo leads his own project focused on dance and music from the 1930s, with notable influences from Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Louis Armstrong, and others.
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