Interview with Jake ‘The Sax’ Telford
The Music Connection with Jake ‘The Sax’ Telford
Hello everyone and thank you for taking the time to read the latest edition of The Music Connection.
This month, I had the pleasure of interviewing a man who is well known on the music scene as Jake ‘The Sax’ Telford, whose many musical talents include playing the Saxophone, Guitar, Flute and Harmonica; as well as working as a songwriter and music producer.
Q. So Jake, how did you first get into the music industry?
A. My first exposure to performing music on a professional level, was through the experiences of working with Community Music and WAC (the Weekend Arts Centre). I later met Danny Abrahamovitch who started the venue WKD in Camden and he invited me to join in with their Sunday jam sessions. There I met musicians who were involved in the Urban Soul scene of the time. That’s where I first started to learn my trade.
Q. What are your links with Crouch End?
A. Having attended Highgate Wood School, I have worked with local musicians for most of my career and have lived in the local area for most of my life.
In the 90s, there was a really healthy local jam scene where musicians got together at parties and played the night away. There would often be a DJ in one room and a band in another room, and musicians would often swap over to create a continuous night of music. I wound up working with the music group Dodgy for a good couple of years after those jam years.
Q.What do you think are your biggest achievements within the music industry so far?
A. I think my biggest achievement is to have worked within the industry for so many years.
Q. What projects are you up to at the moment?
A. I’m mainly doing live work and DJ sets. I have residencies at the Prince of Wales venue in Brixton and with various event promotor companies, which are very much dance music orientated. I have also recently played on albums by Sean Escoffrey, Labrinth, Maverick Sabre and a few other talented music artists.
Q. What do you think the future holds in store for Jake Telford?
A. I don’t really know, but I’m really keen on teaching and am studying to that end now, hoping to pass on some of the joy and love I have experienced during my career.
Q. What one piece of advice would you give to someone trying to make it within the music industry?
A. Do it for love, the gift is not the skill, but the ability to stick at it.
Q. Favourite music artists?
A. There are so many. I love the whole 70s funk artists such as Maceo and Fred Wesley particularly. For Jazz orientated saxophonists, influences are among the greats of Cannonball Adderley; Lee Konitz; Jan Garbarek; Wayne Shorter and Grover Washington.
Q. What do you like getting up to on your days off from music?
A. Spending time with my kids, my friends and eating food. The obvious stuff I guess.
Q. Final words to the people of North London?
A. Keep the rents down, preserve our social system, as it’s the key to the creation of artistic development. Invest in culture, not Cappuccinos!
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See you all again in the next edition