“Jake Goldbas becomes the virile, compassionate center in any creative process, both a sounding board and facilitator of adventurous new ideas.” -Bill T. Jones Grammy© nominated drummer Jake Goldbas is increasingly praised for his remarkable musical direction and production on the world stage. With a hand firmly pressed on the jazz tradition, he has recorded and performed with Dave Brubeck, Aretha Franklin, Christian McBride, Wyclef Jean, Candido Camero, Patti Austin, Stefon Harris, and for the Broadway Productions of The Color Purple and Dear Evan Hansen. Yet the passion and articulate detail that characterize his musical direction has of recent opened important doors beyond genre. Goldbas has been appointed musical director the National Arts Awards for the past two years, where he has led tributes to Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Lady Gaga, and Esperanza Spalding. He is also an integral part of the sensational sound of Michael Blume, the viral success of John Splitoff’s latest release, “Sing to You,” as well as his work with The Knocks on their debut album "55".