For 35 years, Jay’s soaring lead trumpet has been a mainstay of Boston’s diverse music venues. From Symphony Hall to the Colonial Theater, from the Boston Opera House to Tanglewood, he has endeared himself to audiences and fellow musicians alike as “one of the most versatile trumpet players in the Boston area,” in the words of the Boston Globe.
Jay is a favorite with touring star attractions. His talents have been tapped by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, Linda Rondstadt, the Moody Blues, and many others. He is also frequently called on to play for Boston and Providence runs of touring Broadway shows, most recently Wicked, Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Beautiful and Cinderella. In addition Jay is lead trumpet and contractor for Beverly, Mass’ North Shore Music Theater for the last 24 years, one of the finest regional theaters in the country.
He has played lead trumpet for The Artie Shaw Orchestra for 18 years, the Harry James Orchestra for 3 years and has lead the NE Brass since 1980.
As an educator Jay is in demand both as a clinician and a private teacher. His students hold playing and teaching jobs all over the country.
Jay will be performing as a guest soloist in the Tri-County Symphonic Band's April 3, 2016 “Sousa Spectacular” concert.