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Jacob Jay

Jacob Jay

Jacob Jay - Artist - Buffalo Music Club

Professional Trumpet Player, Composer, & Instructor
Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet, Villa Maria College
Artistic Director, Buffalo Jazz Repertory Ensemble

JACOB JAY is a professional trumpet player, educator and composer based in Buffalo, NY. A versatile trumpet performer, Jacob has performed with various ensembles and artists ranging from chamber music and orchestra to rock, hip-hop and jazz. As a music educator, Jacob is the Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Villa Maria College, Brass Instructor at Community Music School of Buffalo, and an Instrumental Music Teacher for the Buffalo Public Schools. As a composer, Jacob has written and arranged professional and educational music in several styles, including big band, small group jazz, orchestra, and brass quintet, as well as rock and hip-hop horn sections.

Jacob is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo State, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with a Minor in Digital Music Production. He also completed a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies the University of Arkansas at Monticello. While at UAM, Jacob served as a Graduate Assistant and was a member of UAM’s award-winning Jazz One ensemble. Jacob has studied trumpet with Gerry Youngman, John Maguda, Kyle Resnick, Dr. Mark Filsinger, Freddie Hendrix, and Dr. Alex Pope Norris.

Past performances include the Queen City Jazz Festival, the Northwest Jazz Festival, the Pappy Martin Legacy Masten Jazz Festival, the Pine Grill Jazz Reunion, the Nietzsche’s Jazz Festival, Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, Hotel Henry, Babeville’s 9th Ward, Pausa Art House, the Tralf Music Hall, and Kleinhans Music Hall.

Pro Music Credentials

  • Professional musician since 2008
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Minor in Digital Music
  • Production from SUNY Buffalo State College
  • Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from University of Arkansas at Monticello
  • Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Villa Maria College
  • Brass Instructor at the Community Music School of Buffalo
  • Instrumental Music Teacher at Buffalo Public Schools
  • Founder and Artistic Director of the Buffalo Jazz Repertory Ensemble
  • Outstanding Band Award winner at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival as member of the UAM Jazz One Ensemble
  • Endorsed by REMIC® Microphones

Primary Influences

Artists: Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Charles Mingus, Wayner Shorter, Stevie Wonder, Seraph Brass, Lucky Chops, Beirut, and RH Factor

Trumpet Players: Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Randy Brecker, Nicholas Payton, and Roy Hargrove

Artist Websites

Jacob Jay Portfolio on Google Sites

Work With Jacob Jay

If you are interested in working with Jacob Jay for music workshops, pro music services or performances, please email us at info@buffalomusicclub.com.

Watch & Listen

The Jay/Sharp-tet, Live at Babeville’s 9th Ward