Jay started playing at 12 years old after being inspired by watching “the GeneKrupa Story” on TV, and hasn’t stopped since. His early influences were the Beatles, Cream, the Rascals, and many of the Pacfic NW bands such as the Sonics and the Kingsmen. His first band was with Steve Karakas, and when Steve moved to California, Jay starting playing night clubs at 16 with the Phantoms.
Two years later, Jay played in Hawaii where he met the LA band Billie and the Good Guys. He joined them shortly after and played with the band in LA for several years. When he moved back to Portland, he joined Rainbow, a popular funk band. In the 80’s, he played with Lisa Gail and the Works, featuring Glenn Holstrom and Jim Solberg. Eventually Jay settled down with Ellen Whyte and Reflex Blue, with whom he played for over ten years. He recorded two of the band’s CDs and they won the Cascade Blues Association award often enough to be elected to the CBA Hall of Fame. As a drummer, Jay believes there’s nothing more fulfilling than playing great music that makes people get up and move.