keyboardist and producer who co-formed the fusion-jazz outfit, Spyro Gyra, in the mid-‘70s,
with school chum, Jay Beckenstein.
He received a
Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in the
field of Music Composition a Master of Music degree at Purchase College in
the discipline of Studio Composition.
Jeremy wrote a
goodly amount of Spyro Gyra’s
output, including the Grammy-nominated “Shakedown”. He appears on most of their albums,
although in the 1990s, his participation with the group was limited to
arranging, composing, and producing.
In 1991, he
released a solo album, Cool Running,
and followed this up with 1992’s Stepping
into a New World. Other
albums on which he appears include Bar
Jazz Vol. 7, Expansion Soul Sauce
Sampler Vol. 4, The Instrumental
History of Jazz, and The Soul
Jazz Legacy – The Master Collection Volume 2.
jazz legacy is not limited to the recording studio or the concert stage,
however. In the world of
musical education, he has taught as Purchase College, Ramapo College, and
the State University of New York in Oneonta. He also directs SUNY Oneonta’s
Funk Band, which plays college dates and other local venues, and has
collaborated with a local, upstart rock group that bill themselves as Red
In 2004, Jay
received special billing as a solo performer at Shenandoah’s Bach Festival.
Spyro Gyra recordings
Morning Dance (Jay Beckenstein)