Very funky and old school!

Such a breath of fresh air against all of the crap music radio stations are playing

- Henry Johnson, jazz guitarist

It's a sound Jayson refers to as "jazz, groove and attitude" based on a review by Joe Dilorio. The current line up features David Evans sax and John Moak on trombone. Along with the steady grooves punched out by Brian Foxworth on drums and Kenny Franklin on bass, the two horn line-up and Tipp's original compositions keep the soul jazz sound of The Crusaders alive.

Jazz with a little groove and attitude

Creative energies.

The genre needs all the new creative energies it can muster from ensembles like Under the Lake, which balances its smooth pop ideas with rougher edges bordering on fusion.

- Jonathan Widran,


Keyboard player Jayson Tipp founded Under The Lake nearly 25 years ago...


"Effervescent, vivacious and all-together engaging" is how describes Under The Lake's music, an original sound that Don Dilorio of the North Jersey Herald and News says "doesn't sit easy in any category, thanks to its heavy doses of funkified bass and occasional soul references."

About Under The Lake

The next best thing since Spyro Gyra

For various personal reasons the band member took a hiatus, but they have returned with the 2007 release of People Together, a CD that will impress you as you listen to the high caliber of musicians who comprise Under The Lake.


The Groove's the Thing.

This is a FINE example of the creativity and high-energy playing that today's jazz can be. If you like Bob James, Larry Carlton, or Ronnie Laws, you'll KNOW what we mean already! 

- Improvijazzation Nation

Tasty stuff throughout

Smooth jazz with edge honed over the years, they have funk, roll and soul all delivered in the proper measures making this a disc of delights.

- Chris Spector, Midwest Record

2018 marks Under The Lake's 25th Anniversary. Over the past 25 years UTL has garnered many notable accomplishments including: nominations for Best Pop-Jazz Album and Best Pop-Jazz Group in the 1994 San Diego Music Awards; “Up For Air” was listed by WBJB (NY/NJ) as one of the top 10 releases for 1996; Black Entertainment Television's BET on Jazz included the song “The Slider” on their Jazz Discoveries CD released and distributed by BMG Direct (1997); Radio and syndicated broadcast of songs from both CDs nationally and internationally; 1994 release “Dive In” was listed as Chartbound for 5 weeks on Gavin's NAC tracking.  Under The Lake's last release "People Together" (2007) was on the Smooth Jazz Indie Radio Chart for 11 weeks and received radio airplay throughout the country. Under The Lake recordings continue to be heard streaming on Spotify, GooglePlay, and iTunes. You can also hear tracks on the DMX and Muzak music services.

Under The Lake's list of credits include three internationally distributed releases and live performances with a "who's who" list of jazz artists such as Joe Sample, Billy Cobham, Keiko Matsui, Stanley Jordan, and others. Under The Lake have received immense critical praise in local, regional, national, and international publications including JazzTimes, Jazziz, France's Jazz Hot, Canada's Exclaim, Germany's Cascade, as well as The New York Daily News, UTNE Reader, and The Music Paper. UTL received a four star rating for UTL's 1996 release "Up For Air" from the All Music Guide and in 2007 they had a Top 50 charting release "People Together".

A fresh and talented group of musicians.

delivering catchy, upbeat and sultry sounds. A breath of fresh air on the contemporary scene.

- Michelle Abrams,

Upbeat, Joyful Melodies

Here's another entry into the "cool jazz" category though it doesn't sit easy in any category, thanks to its heavy doses of funkified bass and occasional soul references.

- Don Dilorio, North Jersey Herald and News