The Jay/Sharp-tet enjoys performing a collection of original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards around the Western New York area. Past performances include the Queen City Jazz Festival, the Northwest Jazz Festival, the Nietzsche’s Jazz Festival, Babeville’s 9th Ward, and at Pausa Art House. Inspired by ensembles such as the great Miles Davis Quintets they strive to approach every tune with a unique interpretation.
Jacob Jay is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo State, where he received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education as well as a Minor in Digital Music Production and the University of Arkansas at Monticello where he completed a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies. While at UAM Jacob served as a Graduate Assistant and was a member of UAM’s award-winning Jazz One. Jacob has studied trumpet with Gerry Youngman, John Maguda, Kyle Resnick, Dr. Mark Filsinger, Freddie Hendrix, and Dr. Alex Pope Norris. Jacob is the Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Villa Maria College.
Dalton Sharp is an active professional saxophonist in the Buffalo, New York area and beyond who regularly performs in several genres of music. He has performed with groups including jazz legend Onaje Allan Gumbs, international touring artist Tia Brazda, the Buffalo Jazz Repertory Ensemble, the CMC Centennial Big Band, My Cousin Tone’, ShowBiz Kidz, and Miller and the Other Sinners to name a few. Dalton has studied saxophone with Ben Boyar, Dave Schiavone, Doug Stone, and Bobby Militello.
Joining in on the keyboard is Jake Malone-Brancato.