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Jake Najor: Drums

Genre: Rock

RIYL: The Redwoods, Skirt Alert, Styletones, Soul Fire, Stevie & the Hi-Staxx, ¡Vamonos!, Taurus Authority, Natural Sounds Trio, Breakestra, Incredible Moses Leroy.

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Background:

Drummer Jake Najor has been a member of countless local bands, including the Redwoods, Skirt Alert, Styletones, Soul Fire, Stevie & the Hi-Staxx, ¡Vamonos!, Taurus Authority, Natural Sounds Trio, Breakestra, and Incredible Moses Leroy.

Najor has also recorded or played with Big Daddy Kane, Redman, the Beatnuts, TV On the Radio, Kelis, Mindi Abair, Karl Denson, Weapon of Choice, Bad Credit, Fluf, Raphael Saadiq, Jason Mraz, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, Incredible Moses Leroy, Breakestra, Connie Price and the Keystones, Joss Stone, Soul of John Black, M.O.P., Percee P, Wildchild, De La Soul, SOUP (Jurassic 5), Vincent & Mister Green, Tita Lima, Rodriguez, AJ Croce, Aloe Blacc, Kurtis Blow, and more.

His debut solo album, released in early 2017, was recorded with Tim Felten, Nick Costa, and Matthew LaBarber. As of the following year, he was fronting Jake Najor & the Moment of Truth, alongside three members of the Sure Fire Soul Ensemble: Nick Costa (My Mynd), Tim Felten (Black Sands), and Matt Labarber (Alfred Howard and the K23 Orchestra).

A solo album called Dirty Money Breaks was released on Common Good Records on July 20, 2018, featuring digital unedited stems of various drum breaks made available digitally and on 7-inch vinyl.

In The Cut by Jake Najor & the Moment of Truth was released in March 2019 on the Redwoods Music label, distributed by Fat Beats. Guests on the ten-song album include Burkey from Vokab Kompany, Jamie Allensworth, and Mixmaster Wolf from Breakestra. A single for "High Costa Living" features a brass section conducted by Ziggy Marley trumpeter Todd Simon and locals Nick Costa and Tim Felten of Sure Fire Soul Ensemble.

As of 2019, the Moment of Truth core band included Tim Felten on keyboards, Matt Labarber on bass, Nick Costa on guitar, Travis Klein on sax, Najor on the kit, and an all star horn section.

Najor's brother Zak Najor is also a drummer who has played with area bands such as the Greyboy Allstars.

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