Guitarist, bassist, drummer, songwriter, publisher, worship leader, and IT Specialist... Jay 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) I watched, 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

 

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