What's Hot With Jazz Guitar: Erik Jay

by Doc Dosco

This week we feature Erik Jay, a Los Angeles guitarist with a distinctive
style and tons of talent.

Erik Jay has refined his smooth but surprising blend of jazz, pop,
Latin, and ballad styles over a lifetime. And now, after churning out a
huge cache of original music across several genres and releasing his
first CD, Heart & Soul & Mind, in 2002, Erik is continuing his musical
trek, working on a new CD for release in 2006 - Vertical.

In the 1980s, Erik polished his professional chops working with Vivian
Grant, a pianist and former accompanist to legendary jazz singer Anita
O'Day. After traveling on various musical and artistic pursuits, Erik
settled near Los Angeles in 1990 and began the decade of musical growth,
experimentation, and learning that culminates in the new music. In
addition to working on his original projects, Erik has also worked
performances and sessions with such luminaries as Abraham Laboriel Sr.,
Graham Dorsey, Jack Kelly, Richie Gajate-Garcia, Mike Willars, Jon
Hartmann, and Sam Mazzola. For three years during the mid- to
late-1990s, Erik also served as music director for his small inner-city

Erik has developed a style of music that is at once highly personal and
highly accessible, with several distinct vocal and instrumental
influences held together by a common theme of hope, renewal, love, and
relentlessly positive thinking. "But what ties the whole thing together
sonically and musically," says Erik, "is my producer, Richard Zeier, at
Pearly Gates Productions. I have a 'signature sound' because Richard
helped me find it, frame it, and focus it."


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Doc Dosco is a jazz guitarist, composer and audio consultant living in
Los Angeles, CA. His website is located at http://www.docdosco.com,
where you can find more information on the 'What's Hot with Jazz Guitar'
columns, audio clips of Doc's playing, and many additional features. Doc
endorses Heritage Guitars and is a featured artist on their website. He also
endorses the new Pignose Valve Tube Amps -- great for jazz (and anything else!)

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