Jay Collins and The Kings County Band at the Bearsville Theater for 'session 13' of "Monday Night Live at the Bearsville Theater." One of the most sought-after musicians in the jazz, rock, and blues arenas, Jay is best known for his saxophone and flute work with many artists including Gregg Allman, Allman Brothers Band, Levon Helm (of The Band), Donald Fagen (of Steely Dan), James Hunter and jazz greats such as Andrew Hill, Jacky Terrasson, and (the late) bassist LeRoy Vinnegar. In recent years, Mr Collins has also become recognized for his gritty singing and his singular songwriting.
“Collins’ soulful croak definitely deserves to be heard”- Time Out, NYC
After cutting his teeth in Portland, Oregon in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Jay Collins made the move to New York City and quickly became a force to be reckoned with. His focus was hard-hitting instrumental jazz, as documented on his first three albums as a leader: Uncommon Threads, Reality Tonic and Cross Culture. Along the way, Jay gained diversified experience as a sideman with some of New York City’s best including Afro-Cuban drummer and clinician, Bobby Sanabria.
“This robust tenor saxophonist is a great example of a player whose varied experiences nurture a deeper musical personality.”- Village Voice, NYC
In time, while remaining dedicated to his horns, Jay began to branch out into songwriting and singing. A new touring gig with Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band helped convince Jay to develop his singing voice further, and embrace a new direction towards blues-based rock. It was a natural move, for Jay had grown up playing along with his stepfather’s collection of records by Freddie King, Taj Mahal, Albert King and other blues legends. It was during this time he solidified his own group, Jay Collins and the Kings County Band jaycollinsband.com. In addition to Allman, Jay regularly performs with the great Levon Helm (of The Band) at his famous Midnight Ramble Sessions, he is a member of the Chris Bergson Band, and also does recording sessions and gigs with various artists in every genre of music.
Jay’s 2 CD’s with his own band are “Poem For You Today (2004)” and The Songird and the Pigeon (2008) and both emphasize an equal measure of roots music, Latin percussion, impassioned sax-playing, and growing confidence in his singing and songwriting abilities.
"With a surprisingly gruff voice, he delivers his rollicking original tunes that blend the down-and-out sensibility of Tom Waits with the barrelhouse American roots sound of The Band.” -San Francisco Chronicle/Contra Costa Times (CA)
Jay currently lives with his family in Woodstock, NY and
performs all over the USA and the world. His next CD is due out in Spring of 2012—watch for it!
jay collins - sax/flute/vox
scott sharrard- gtr/vox
moses patrou- vox/percussion
dred scott- keyboard
jeff hanley- bass
diego voglino- drums
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