Jay Jones, Jazz Pianist
My name is Jay Jones and I live in Coventry (West Midlands) I am 34 years of age. I play piano for a living and I specialise in Jazz piano. I currently have a residency at a local hotel in Coventry, The Chace Hotel.
On the demo page, there are two tracks that I recorded live just for a taste of what I play. The tracks are Jazz Standard favourites, Autumn Leaves and Summertime.
There are also a couple of other live lounge style tracks on the same page that I played on.
In 1995, at the age of fifteen, I won the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Musician competition.
Whilst at college studying music, I spent my spare time performing background lounge music at private parties such as Birthdays, Valentines parties and more.
I then went on to study Jazz Performance at Middlesex University.
Since then, I have toured with different well known bands and artists in some very prestigious venues including The Winter Gardens, The 100 Club (Oxford Street) Leas Cliff Hall and many more not to mention all of the festivals. As well as Jazz, I have performed many different genres including Reggae, Funk, Soul, Blues and Ska.
I currently play with a very well known singer/song writer from a Coventry based band called The Specials. This person is Roddy (Radiation) Byers. He wrote chart topping hits such as Gangsters, Hey Little Rich Girl (Amy Winehouse also covered this) Rat Race and many more. I currently play with Roddy in his own band, The Skabilly Rebels.
I don’t just play Jazz standards, I also enjoy playing different styles of your popular chart music but with my own “Lounge” approach and feel. I take popular music, change the chords, harmony and texture and make it my own.
I have spent the past seven years going around schools and colleges teaching GCSE composition and performance. I am now also teaching for an academy. I teach keyboard and piano for the academy of music. I am head of Jazz keyboard