Archive for May 17th, 2021

Jay Rowe – Groove Reflections

GrooveReflectionsJay Rowe attended New England Conservatory of Music where he became a part of the New Haven music scene, along with fellow Connecticut natives Marion Meadows and Rohn Lawrence.  He formed a band that began playing as an opening act for whatever smooth and contemporary jazz acts that played in New Haven, including The Rippingtons, David Benoit, Bela Fleck, Stanley Jordan, and Jeff Lorber.  When sax player Marion Meadows got his record deal and went out on the road, he took Jay with him as part of his band.

Jay credits Marion and sax player Nelson Rangell for being the catalysts that started his career.  “Marion was a really big influence and a great band leader in the Connecticut area.  Between Marion and Nelson, they were really what started me out, what got my reputation going on a national level.  I was writing songs for Nelson and playing live with Marion.”   Jay worked with Nelson on his In Every Moment CD.  Since then he has racked up an impressive resume.  He’s played with Marion Meadows, Angela Bofill, Phil Perry, Chieli Minucci & Special EFX, Ken Navarro, the late Wayman Tisdale, Kim Waters, Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Oliver.

Jay has six solo CDs out, including his latest, Smooth Ride – all of which have all done respectably well.  His new album is Groove Reflections (2021). This album is currently available by contacting the artist.