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Jay Riley

I've spent my whole life playing other people's music and I always annoyed people because I never played it exactly as it was on the record. It's taken me 37 years to realise that I'm a Jazz musician and it is perfectly acceptable to do this! I love Jazz and it definitely ticks boxes for challenging me musically but I also love beautiful melodies and grooves that go on and on just because they sound 'great'! I also feel that music should be heartfelt and that its worth the risk of leaving yourself vulnerable. I was brought up to have an Englishman's stiff upper lip and it didn't do me any good. I use my music for cathartic release and to communicate that which I can not describe. My debut album explores the light and dark of the last 10 years of my life.


Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor



Willing to teach

Advanced only

Wayne Shorter
Bob Reynolds
saxophone, tenor
The Bad Plus
band / ensemble / orchestra
band / ensemble / orchestra


Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Light From Dawn

Self Produced



From: Light From Dawn
By Jay Riley


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