French horn player from Kirbyville,
Texas, whose father was a
band director and trumpeter and whose mother was a choir director and piano
professional career started when he was just fifteen years old and
performed with the Beaumont Civic Opera and Beaumont Symphony Orchestra.
He attended North Texas
and the University of Wisconsin in Madison, from whence he acquired degrees
in horn and composition.
In 1981, he
became a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Other groups with whom he worked
include the Boston Pops, the Florida Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony
Orchestra, the Lamar University Band, the Michel Legrand
Jazz Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the NFB Quartet, and the
U.S. Army Band.
He joined the
faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music in 1987. On 13th March 1988, he
participated in a faculty recital with Charles Kavalovski
which has been immortalized on cassette tape. A link is listed below.
on which he has appeared include:
America, American Visions, The Celtic Album, Holiday Pops, The Latin Album and A
Splash of Pops by the Boston Pops; Chardonnay
Classics and Seasons Remembered
with Judith Lynn Stillman; A Evening of Magic:
Chuck Mangione Live at the Hollywood Bowl
and Tarantella with Chuck Mangione; Hornithology and a self-titled album by the NFB Quartet;
and, the soundtrack from Odyssey of
Jay gave the
world premiere of the “Huntington Horn Concerto” by William
Thomas McKinley with the Boston Pops and John Williams in 1989.
In 1996, the
NFB Quartet participated at the International Horn Society workshop. The BSO horn section did the same at
the Northeast Horn Workshop on 16th March 2002.
April 2007, members of the BSO appeared in a community concert at the Twelfth Baptist Church
in Roxbury where they interpreted “Aires Tropicales”
by Paquito D’Rivera,
“Bagatelles” by Gyorgy Ligeti, and “Wind Quintet” by Heitor Villa-Lobos.
The CCM “Esprit
de Cor” Horn Choir performed Jay’s “Tectonica” at Corbett Auditorium in Cincinnati on 21st
May 2007. The composition also
appears on the aforementioned eponymous recording by the NFB Quartet.
In March 2010,
he played his last concerto with the BSO, Stabat Mater by Gioachino Rossini.
After that, he
became ill and was diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. He passed away on 19th June
2010 at Cambridge
His life was
celebrated during a pre-concert tribute on 14th July 2010 at Seranak in Lenox,
Massachusetts. The NEC dedicated their Brass Bash
to his memory, as well.
musical legacy will live on through his recordings and his students, who
included Eric D. Moore, James Mosher, Mollie Pate, Dan Shaud,
Nancy Thornton, and his second cousin, Lee Wadenpfuhl.