Jake Barden

Freelance, The Swing Merchants

Quick Facts:

Nationality: Australia
Artist Since:2012
Influences:Don Burrows, Jeff Clayton, Oscar Peterson
Mac or PC:Mac
Favorite Car:Volkswagen
Favorite TV Show:Family Guy
Favorite Big Band:Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra


At 23 years of age, Jake Barden has been hailed as one of Australia’s best young musicians.
After listening to the classic sounds of Coleman Hawkins and Oscar Peterson since the age of 6, Jake was entrenched in the jazz tradition from an early age. Since being taken under the wings of Don Burrows and John Morison, he has been performing and recording throughout Australia and overseas, with his debut international performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival at the tender age of 15.
After moving to Sydney to further his studies and career, Jake began working with a variety of Australia’s top musicians. Tours and Performances with mentor, John Morrison’s groups, as well as with George Golla, James Morrison, Judy Bailey, Darren Percival, Liam Burrows and his own groups, Jake was soon in high demand. This also saw the opportunity to perform with international artists including Jeff Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Marian Petrescu, Gordon Goodwin, Aaron Goldberg, Gregory Hutchinson, Bob Mintzer and Mike Stern.
With a busy playing schedule, Jake continues to perform through out Australia and has recorded his debut album “Moving Up” with mentor, Don Burrows and Pianist, Mike Nock. Jake also takes the role of Pilot when touring, obtaining his Commercial Pilots Licence in 2015, which has opened the door for performances right across Australia.
Jake is also known for his radio work, previously hosting a radio show on Sydney’s Eastside Radio 89.7FM, providing a platform for young musicians to showcase their music.