Jake Goldbas


Program Director

Jake has worked for the Louis Armstrong House Museum since the beginning of 2020. he grew up outside of Hartford, CT and attended the Manhattan School of Music for his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Yet the passion and articulate detail that characterize his musical direction has opened important doors beyond genre. Goldbas has been appointed musical director for the National Arts Awards for the past six years, where he’s led tributes to Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Lady Gaga, and more.

Goldbas has also directed Galas for the National YoungArts Foundation for the last three years. He is also an integral part of the sensational sound of Michael Blume, the viral success of John Splitoff’s release, “Sing to You,” and noted for his work with The Knocks on their debut album “55”. Last year he recorded all of the drums for the legendary O’Jays album “The Last Word” and Grammy nominated jazz album “Dancer in Nowhere” by Miho Hazama. Jake is the full time drummer for the hit broadway show Dear Evan Hansen. In his spare time, Jake enjoys listening to records and spending time with his family.

Louis Armstrong inspires me not only musically, but as a human he has shown the power of a smile, a kind gesture and a good laugh. I am motivated by the spark of inspiration that I see on every young person’s face that steps into the house for the first time. Arts Education is a powerful tool to help students think critically, empathize, and work collaboratively. The legacy of Louis Armstrong is to pass on these skills to the next generation.