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Jay Epstein

I've had an extensive career, & played in many diverse jazz groups. After graduating from college in Minnesota, I  studied polyrhythmic concepts in New York with Barry Altschul, the drummer in Chick Corea's Circle & also "Four Way Coordination" with Marv Dahlgren. Lived in Hollywood, Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis, and played in house bands for 5 years on several cruise ships. My CDs "Long Ago" & "Easy Company" featuring bassist Anthony Cox & pianist Bill Carrothers, have garnered luminous reviews in the national press. Been on 7 European tour. Some of the notable artists I've performed with include Barney Kessel, Roseanna Vitro, Manfredo Fest, Sheila Jordan, Terry Gibbs, Greg Abate, Claudio Roditi, Gary Foster, Kim Richmond, Vinny Golia, JoAnne Brackeen, Ernie Watts, Wayne Johnson, Karrin Allyson, Kenny Werner, Howard Levy, Toots Thielmans, Avashai Cohen, Bob Dorough, and Sarah Vaughan.

Awards

Best Dressed at Winona Senior High

Gear

Gretsch drums. Bosphorus cymbals.


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Album Review

Jay Epstein: Easy Company

Read "Easy Company" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


One or two jazz standards, a handful of intriguing left-field choices, some interesting originals and one truly exceptional re-working of a classic love song-- Easy Company is an album of pleasing surprises, performed by three extremely talented musicians. Drummer Jay Epstein leads the trio and contributes all five original compositions, but this is a genuine group performance on which all three players shine. The album opens with left-field choice number one: John Williams' “Imperial March," better known ...

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Recording

Jay Epstein CD, "Long Ago" Re-Released

Jay Epstein CD, "Long Ago" Re-Released

Source: All About Jazz


CITY PAGES, By Rick Mason June 09, 2009 Jay Epstein with Bill Carrothers & Anthony Cox: Easy Company (GoneJazz 0902) The company may be easy, but the ideas are complex and the playing especially cerebral on this luminous summit of three of the smartest players on the Twin Cities jazz scene. Drummer Jay Epstein, pianist Bill Carrothers (who now lives on Michigan's U.P.), and bassist Anthony Cox all sport extensive résumés that include innumerable sessions with international, national, and local jazz heavy-hitters. That includes one another, but they haven't recorded as a trio since the widely acclaimed neo-bop nugget Long Ago a dozen years ago

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Concerts

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Music

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Triage

Shifting Paradigm Records
2019

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Red Planet with Bill...

Shifting Paradigm Records
2017

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Tall Tales

Shifting Paradigm Records
2015

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Lomstradamus Productions
2014

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Firebell: 'Impossible...

Shifting Paradigm Records
2014

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