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Anderson, Jay

Anderson, Jay, bassist, composer; b. Ontario, California, 24 October 1955. He grew up in Long Beach, CA. His parents are Kenneth and Dorothea Anderson (both grew up in South Dakota). Jay began playing acoustic bass at the age of 12. Throughout junior high, high school, and college, Anderson won numerous awards for excellence in both jazz and classical music. One week after receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Performance from California State University at Long Beach, Anderson was asked to join the Woody Herman Orchestra. After touring with the "Herd" for a year, he was called by Carmen McRae and performed with the legendary singer for the next two years.

In 1982 Anderson made the decision to move to New York City. Since moving East, he has continued to perform and record with some of the most important names in jazz. Anderson has been a regular member in the bands of Red Rodney & Ira Sullivan, Michael Brecker, Toots Thielemans, Michael Franks, Eliane Elias, Bennie Wallace, Steve Khan, Lynne Arriale, and has been a regular with the great Joe Sample since 1992.

Anderson takes pride in his versatility and openness to different types of music. He has been featured on over 200 recordings, including work with Paul Bley, Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Donald Byrd, Terumasa Hino, Lee Konitz, Warren Bernhardt, Tiger Okoshi, Yosuke Yamashita, and many others. He has performed with the big bands of Kenny Wheeler, Maria Schneider, Bob Mintzer, Bob Belden, Mel Lewis, Toshiko Akiyoshi & Lew Tabackin, and WDR Koln, Germany.

Anderson has also done numerous jingles and non-jazz recordings with Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, Michel Legrand, legendary poet Allen Ginsberg, and the Grammy Award winning 1997 Record of the Year "Falling Into You" by Celine Dion.

Anderson has been the recipient of the NEA grant for composition and two Meet the Composer grants. Ten of the recordings he has been featured on have been nominated for the Grammy Award. He has conducted clinics around the world and is a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music and SUNY New Paltz.

His wife is Marianne Matthews. They married in 1992.

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Toshiko Akiyoshi: Wishing Peace; Jean-Louis Almosnino: Sous Verre; Ari Ambrose: United; Lynne Arriale: Inspiration, Live At Montreaux, Arise, The Eyes Have It; Jamie Baum: Undercurrents; Bob Belden: La Cigale, Treasure Island, Straight To My Heart, Turandot, Prince Jazz; Rudy Berger: Innocent Invader; Warren Bernhardt: Amelia's Song, So Real, Heat Of The Moment, Reflections, Ain't Life Grand; Marc Black: White Water Depot; Paul Bley: Notes On Ornette, Reality Check, Speechless, If We May; Paul Bley and Lee Konitz: Out Of Nowhere; Bluezeum: Portrait Of A Groove; Michael Brecker: Now You See It..., The Cost Of Living; Gordon Brisker: The Gift; George Cables: Bluesology, One For My Baby, Dark Side, Light Side, Skylark, I Mean You; Joey Calderazzo: Joey In The Door, The Traveler; John Campbell: Workin' Out, Turning Point; Cutting Edge: The Cutting Edge; Mike Davis: Brass Nation, Midnight Crossing; Peter Delano: Peter Delano; Mike Demicco: As The Sun Sets; Garry Dial: Never Is Now; Garry Dial and Dick Oatts: Brassworks, Dial & Oatts, Cole Porter; Celine Dion: Falling Into You; Miles Donahue: In The Pocket, Remember Me; Mike Fahn: Close Your Eyes And Listen; Ferre, Boulou & Elios: New York, Ny; Gerard D'angelo: Not What My Hands Have .....; Greg Gisbert: The Court Jester; Hayes Greenfield: Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz; John Hart: High Drama; Woody Herman: La Fiesta, Chick,Walter,Donald...; Terumasa Hino: Off The Coast, Live In Warsaw; Mark Issacs; Jamal-Ski: Roughneck Reality; Steve Johns and Peter Brainen: No Saints No Sinners; Vic Juris: Remembering Eric Dolphy, Songbook, Moonscape, For The Music, Pastels; Sarah K: Play On Words; Takashi Kako: Norwegian Wood; Julie Kelly: Some Other Time; Lee Konitz: Dearly Beloved; Lee Konitz and Rich Perry: Richlee; Chuck Lamb: As Above So Below; Ander Laverne: Pianissimo, Know More; Andy Laverne and Dave Samuels: Between Earth & Mars; Rudy Linka: News From Home; Brian Lynch: Peer Pressure; Betty MacDonald; Carmen McRae: Live At Bubba's; Bob Mintzer: Quality Time, Gently, First Decade, Trane, Only In New York, Groovetown, Latin From Manhattan; Tiger Okoshi: Color Of Soil, Echos Of A Note; Dave Panichi: Blues For Mccoy; Rich Perry: Left Alone, What Is This?, Beautiful Love; Doug Rainey: You Go To My Head; Red Rodney: Tivoli Session, Then & Now, Code Red, No Turn On Red, One For Bird, Red Snapper; Red Rodney and Ira Sulivan: Spirit, Spirit Within; Billy Rogers: The Guitar Aritstry Of...; Chris Rogers; Sergio Salvatore: Tune up; Joe Sample: Best Of Joe Sample, The Song Lives On, The Pecan Tree, Sample This, Old Places-Old Faces; Hal Schaefer: Solo,Duo,Trio; Larry Schneider: Ali Girl; Maria Schneider: Evanescence; Rami Schuller: (Not Yet Released); Christopher Simmons: Time To Give; Steve Slagle: Slagle Plays Monk, Smoke Signals; Louis Smith: There Goes My Heart, The Bopsmith, Soon; Mark Soskin: Seventeen; Spies: By Way Of The World; Mario Stantchev: Kaleidoscope; Leni Stern: Kindness Of Strangers; Mike Stern: Standards; Dave Stryker: Blue To The Bone, Blue To The Bone II, Blue To The Bone III, Passage, Full Moon; Ira Sullivan: The Incredible Ira Sullivan; Shigeko Suzuki: Premiere; Toots Thielemans: The Live Takes Vol. 1, Come Together (Various Artsits); Artie Traum: Meetings W/Remarkable.......; Various Artists: Burner, Blue Note Years Vol 7, New York City After Hours, Shades Of Blue, Best Of Smooth Jazz, Blue Box Vol 2, Jvc Extended Resolution, Best Of Chesky Jazz, Woodwinds Collection, Big Band Renaissance, Collection Vol. 1, Denon Jazz Sampler Vol 3, Jvc Xrcd Vol 2 Sample, Acoustic Jazz, Yule Struttin', Jam Session (Not Yet Released), Jam Session (Not Yet Released); Various Bassists (3): (Not Yet Released); Various Saxophones: Jam Session Volume 1, Jam Session Volume 3, (Not Yet Released), (Not Yet Released), (Not Yet Released); Various Trumpeters :Jam Session Volume 5; Roseanna Vitro: Softly; Tom Waits: Frank's Wild Years; Jeremy Wall: Stepping To The New World; Bennie Wallace: Brilliant Corners, Bordertown; Danny Walsh: D's Mood; Mitch Watkins: Curves; Walt Weiskopf: Mind Walking, Exact Science; Vlad West: Say Hello To Russia; Bruce Williamson: Big City Magic; Glen Wilson: Blue Porpoise Avenue; Seong Hee You; Frank Zappa: Cheap Thrills, Ruben & The Jets, Thing Fish

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