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Born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI. Jay comes from a musical family whom has been exhibiting prodigious talents for percussion and drum instruments from a very young age and has become widely known for his astounding rhythmical abilities. His passion for learning across many genres of music has made him one of the most versatile in the area.
In 2006, he was nominated and won the Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding World Percussionist” and has been nominated for “Outstanding World Artist/Group” in 2006/2007 as part of the band Orquesta Sensacional from Detroit, MI. In addition, Jay has had the privilege to perform with Tito Puente Jr. Most recently, he opened for Pete Escovedo at the Flint Jazz Festival as lead percussionist for Orquesta Ritmo from Lansing, MI which he is currently a part of.
In 2015 he had the privilege to be one of the guest artist for percussion day @ Michigan State University where he led a percussion clinic accompanied by the school band.
Many consider him master percussionist and drummer but to Jay, he is a student for life as he consistently refines his skills and furthers his education in music through study, time and experience.