Jay Geils

  

Wellspring Blues

Legendary rock guitarist Jay Geils, founder and leader of the J.Geils Band, has been interested in jazz and blues guitar since he was a young man growing up in New Jersey. To quote Jay: ”I always wanted to be Louie Armstrong, but got sidetracked by Rock and Roll.” After hanging up the leather pants and platform shoes Jay became passionate about playing his two first musical loves, jazz and blues and hasn’t looked back. Jay Geils needs no introduction to the legion of music fans that made the J. GEILS BAND one of the leading acts in the history of rock and roll. After a twenty five year career with over 10 million records sold, a Grammy nomination, five gold records, one double platinum record, multiple television and movie appearances, and tours with the Allman Brothers and the Rolling Stones, the band decided to quit at the top of their game with the number one single and number one album on the charts.
Free to pursue his first musical loves, classic jazz and blues and leave the period out of his name sometimes, Jay teamed with J. GEILS band mate, Magic Dick, for two successful blues recordings as the band BLUESTIME. Tours of Europe, Japan and the United States followed as well as tours with Jays longtime idol and friend B.B KING. In 1999 the J. GEILS BAND re-union tour was the hottest ticket of summer season, performing once again sold out shows in stadiums across the United States. In 2002 their hit single “ Give It To Me” was chosen by the Heineken Beer Company for their television ad campaign in Europe and America. In 2004 and 2005 the J.Geils Band was nominated for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Success has continued in the jazz and blues world with sold out shows,rave reviews and feature articles about his first two musical loves. A fan of jazz since he was a child growing up in New Jersey and Manhattan, Jay’s father took him to see many of the greatest jazz musicians alive including Louis Armstrong, , Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Steeped in this tradition Jay teamed with jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin in 1992 and has come full circle, performing the music he loved as a child. To quote Jay, “ I started as a trumpet player but got side tracked by the guitar and the blues and folk revolution sweeping the world in the 1960’s. I was fortunate to play and record with many great blues and rock musicians including Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Bonnie Rait, John Lee Hooker, Peter Frampton, Duane Allman and of course The J.GEILS BAND. It was an exciting time in my life but I look forward to the future performing the music I first loved .
2004 saw the release of Jays first solo recording as a leader with “ Jay Geils Plays Jazz !” on the Stony Plain label based in Edmonton Alberta , Canada. 2008 saw the release of his second solo jazz outing. ” Toe Tappin Jazz”. Jay also released three CD’s as a member of the the jazz guitar group featuring Jay, Gerry Beaudoin and Duke Robillard, as well as a DVD with them titled ” New Guitar Summit: Live At The Stoneham Theater”. Still an active performer in multiple idioms you can be sure whether it’s The Jay Geils Jazz and Blues Review, The Jay Geils Quintet, New Guitar Summit or Jay performing as a guest with his many musical friends, you will see an American music icon doing what he does best and loving every minute of it , playing the music he grew up with.

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