"The Jess Novak Band is a beast and Standing Now
is an EP that will have you hungry for more.
Six songs just isn’t enough when it’s this good.
Resilience, empowerment, these are the characteristics of one who might be referred to as formidable.
Do NOT underestimate Jess Novak.
Because she’ll knock you down."
– John Tierney
Jess Novak is a triple threat singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. With an electric fiddle on fire, powerful vocals and captivating songs, Novak is a force in any formation: solo, duo or band. Having touched audiences across the country – from Burlington, VT to Key West, FL to San Diego, CA – Novak plays more than 200 shows every year and has released eleven original albums, and a book, to date.
Jess Novak (electric violin, guitar, vocals, piano, percussion, looping) works with Byron Cage (Tommy Castro, Joe Louis Walker, Vanessa Collier) on drums; Anthony Saturno (Atkins Riot, The Dirty Doves) on electric guitar; Jay Fabbri (Professional Victims) on bass; and Gavin George (No Blush, BSG) and Marcus Oliver (Rising Ghosts) on drums.
Novak has played such prestigious rooms as The Cutting Room (NYC), The Saint (Asbury Park) and Nectar's (Burlington, VT). She opened the 23rd Annual Chenango Blues Festival (with headliner, Ronnie Earl) and has performed with groups and artists including Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Tas Cru, Jimmy Hall, Ghost Town Blues Band and members of Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band. Novak has opened for acts including Melanie, Danielle Ponder, Ruthie Foster and Grace Potter.
Novak created and presented the F.I.R.E. Festival (females inspire, rock, empower) for the first time in October 2022 as a way to spotlight female artists, musicians and business owners.
Bad Habit, December 2013
The Golden Novak Band, August 2014
Rodeo, October 2015
Inches from the Sun, November 2016
Jess Novak Band Live at the Nelson Odeon, June 2017
Fireworks & Fairytales, November 2017
Fear is the Cage. Love is the Key., December 2018
Rise, November 2019 (recorded in Nashville, TN)
Standing Now, September 2020
A Thousand Lives, November 2021
Bad Bitch, August 2022
Syracuse Area Music Award - Best Pop - 2017 - for Inches from the Sun
The Jess Novak Band was named Artist of the Year by Radio Crystal Blue - 2017
Novak won the Indigo Productions Songwriter Series for her song "Rat a Tat" - 2018
Novak won Best Female Vocalist in the Best of Syracuse competition - 2018
Syracuse Area Music Award - Best Pop - 2021 - for Standing Now
Novak was the cover girl for Syracuse Woman Magazine in September 2016. See it here.
Check out Fret Zealot to learn songs from Novak and JNB.
Anthony Saturno is part of the PRS Guitars Pulse Artist Program.
Follow Novak on twitch at twitch.tv/jessnovakmusic