Jay was born into a musical family. His 94-year-old pop still sings in a Barber Shop Chorus, his mom taught music in her Nursery School classes. Jay’s sisters play bass, cello, French horn, piano, and whatever else suits their fancy. His bro kicks it on trombone & drums. Playin’ piano since age 5 and sax since age eight, there was no doubt that music would be important to Jay’s trip on earth this time.
Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, composer, producer, engineer, session musician, actor and volleyball player, Jay has played sax and keys with Whitney Houston [World Tour 1988], Cinderella [World Tour 1991 & 3 records], Taj Mahal, Steve Winwood, Billy Preston, Phoebe Snow, Joan Osborne, Bobby Caldwell, Levon Helm, Maxi Priest, Sly & Robbie, Monty Alexander and many more. In ’04 Jay finished up a stint with The Grammy Award winning Funk Brothers, playing six instruments on their 2003~04 touring dates supporting the movie “Standing In The Shadows of Motown”. The stint included appearances on The Tonight Show and American Idol, as well as an opening slot for The Dead on New Years Eve.