Jay Geils Plays Jazz
Jay Geils needs no introduction to the legion of music fans that made the J. GEILS BAND one of the leading acts in the history of rock and roll. After a twenty five year career with over 10 million records sold, a Grammy nomination, five gold records, one double platinum record, multiple television and movie appearances, and tours with the Allman Brothers and the Rolling Stones, the band decided to quit at the top of their game with the number one single and number one album on the charts. Free to pursue his first musical loves, classic jazz and blues and take the period out of his name, Jay teamed with J. GEILS band mate, Magic Dick, for two successful blues recordings as the band BLUESTIME. Tours of Europe, Japan and the United States followed as well as tours with Jays longtime idol and friend B.B KING. In 1999 the J. GEILS BAND re-union tour was the hottest ticket of summer season, performing once again sold out shows in stadiums across the United States. In 2002 their hit single ' Give It To Me' was chosen by the Heineken Beer Company for their television ad campaign in Europe and America. A fan of jazz since he was a child growing up in New Jersey and Manhattan, Jay's father took him to see many of the greatest jazz musicians alive including Louis Armstrong, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Steeped in this tradition Jay teamed with jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin in 1994 and has come full circle, performing the music he loved as a child. To quote Jay, ' I started as a trumpet player but got side tracked by the guitar and the blues and folk revolution sweeping the world in the 1960's. I was fortunate to play and record with many great blues and rock musicians including Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Bonnie Rait, John Lee Hooker, Peter Frampton, Duane Allman and of course The J.GEILS BAND. It was an exciting time in my life but I look forward to the future performing the music I first loved with my good friend and fellow guitarist Gerry Beaudoin . 2004 will see the release of Jays first solo recording as a leader with ' Jay Geils Plays Jazz !'