In 1977 Jay began studying the guitar, and in 1987 he won the Jim Hall Jazz Masters Award and relocated to Boston. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1990, he went on to earn a Masters Degree with academic honors in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory in 1992, and has studied extensively with Jerry Bergonzi, Mick Goodrick and Charlie Banacos. He was a Boston based studio guitarist and worked with producer Miguel Pessoa. Jay has taught music at several New England area colleges, as well as having a full private guitar lesson studio.
He is the internationally published author of two Mel Bay Books 'Daily Dexterity Studies for the Guitarist' and 'Daily Sight Reading Studies for the Guitarist." He is a recording artist and composer, is featured on “One Way Ticket” on the Dharma Communications label, and has concertized with Jazz legends Gary Peacock, Jon Hendricks, and Gunnar Mossblad.
In 2006 he began teaching Jazz Guitar at the University of Toledo, and in 2007 he performed and recorded John Coltrane's opus"A Love Supreme" with John Hendricks and the University of Toledo Jazz Faculty, and this performance received positive review by noted Jazz scholar and critic Ashley Kahn. He also plays the Shakuhachi (Japanese Bamboo Flute) which he has studied with Michael Chikuzen Gould Sensei. He performs with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, is a frequent highlight at Murphys Jazz Club in downtown Toledo and has performed as guest soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.
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