bassist, drummer, songwriter, publisher, worship leader, and IT
Alan Thompson attended Howard University and Rutgers University,
and eventually earned two degrees from Howard University: [Bachelor
of Music-Jazz Studies] and [Master of Music-
Guitar]. He had the honor of being voted [Best Blues/Rock/Pop
Guitar] by DOWNBEAT magazine in the 1988 Collegiate Awards
category. He has also traveled the world and played with some
amazing musicians and singers: Regina Belle, Skip Jackson,
Illinois Jaquette, Wynton Marsalis, Terrance Blanchard, Joe
Burden, Frank Lacy, Ethel Ennis, The Sunset Band, and the world
famous Midnight Movers. Jay has been featured on numerous
recordings by the HOWARD UNIVERSITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE, as well as
the albums "Quiet Christmas", "Acoustic Autumn", "Thank You for
The Love", and "Autobiography of a Rose."
"Born into a military family …well, you could say we traveled a
lot! I grew up listening to the sounds of Stevie Wonder,
The Four Tops, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis,
Beethoven, Wes Montgomery, Sonny Stitt, Thelonious Monk, BB
King, Otis Redding, James Brown, Tom Jones, Duke Ellington and
The Beatles. I began formal guitar lessons at seven years old.
As I got older, I gained positive influences from the various
jazz, gospel, classical, rock, pop and fusion groups of the day.
I had great teachers (Toby Butler, John Tosco, John Collins,
Phil Butts, William Fielder, Fred Irby III, Frank Bahus, George
Winfield...and so many many others)
listened and learned... I discovered that it’s all about
intensity and projection…projecting your soul and your spirit
through your instrument or voice."- Jay
I desire that everyone who comes into contact with my sound feel
the presence and love of GOD…to touch and feel His Spirit. I
want you to feel my heart- the love that I have for you.
I give you my all and all…- Jay