Jason Gay

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Jason Gay Biography

Jason Gay is a saxophonist, bandleader, teacher, and clinician based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Originally from Washington DC, he began his professional career at age 16, touring various major cities along the east coast with the musical and theatrical youth group "Uprising," where he led its jazz component. Later, he moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, studying under Joe Viola, Tomo Fujita, and George Garzone. During his time there, he won first place in the NAACP competition for "Best Instrumentalist" and also claimed first prize in the Joe Kennedy Jr. competition, earning a partial scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University, where he obtained a bachelor of arts degree in jazz performance.

Following his studies, Jason served eight years as a Unit Leader, saxophonist, and Clinician in the US Navy Band, conducting workshops and leading musical groups across the United States, as well as in Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Guam.

Throughout his career, Jason has collaborated and performed with artists such as Mos Def, Boyz II Men, *NSYNC, Medeski Martin and Wood, Ravi Coltrane, Mulgrew Miller, Steve Lacy, Jeremy Pelt, Nate Smith, John Blackwell, members of Butcher Brown and The Temptations.

After leaving the Navy, Jason immersed himself in the study of traditional Chinese folk songs for three years, transcribing, listening, and reinterpreting melodies. This endeavor culminated in his first self-produced album, "Jason Gay Dynasty," released in 2017 and available on all major streaming platforms.

Subsequently, Jason delved into studying and transcribing the music of old blues guitarists such as B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Elmore James, Duane Allman, and Jimi Hendrix. Having transcribed over 120 solos, he began expanding and creating a new blues-based language on the saxophone, thereby increasing awareness of sonic possibilities to maximize tonal expression.

Currently based in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jason Gay remains a highly sought-after saxophonist, performing with a diverse range of groups across Oahu, Maui, and neighboring islands.

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