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A thirty plus year veteran of the music business, Jay remains constant in his ability to represent the world’s finest musicians.  After graduating with a degree in Jazz Studies from the University Of Bridgeport in 1979, Jay & his trumpet spent four years on the road touring with some of the country’s finest show/lounge/horn bands. While on the road, Jay managed to receive valuable experience by running the day to day operations of a touring band. Payroll, schedules, contract negotiations, club owners, truck breakdowns pre-cell phones, etc. Forty eight weeks a year and six nights a week for four years, gave Jay an empathetic feeling for the touring musician. In 1983 Jay opened his first booking agency Productions Unlimited, Inc in Stamford, CT. “I purchased lounge entertainment for hotels, clubs, and restaurants.” “I also managed Show Bands and booked them on tour through 30 States.” “By 1987 I started representing Wedding/Bar Mitzvah Bands through a needs based system of consulting with the end purchaser.” Jay found this type of Entertainment Representation the most equitable for both parties.  “I still provide the same service for the musician as well as the promoter/purchaser.” Jay feels that making a “marriage of the right musician for the right venue” is the only way to book entertainment. “Between the lounge pianists, touring show bands, lounge bands, private party bands; I probably negotiated close to 500 contracts a year.” 1993 started a new beginning with Preferred Artists. “I absolutely love the name.”  “With my first love of Jazz music, I feel I represent the musician who excels in his musical technique and performs with imagination and feeling.


1973-1975: Juilliard Pre-College Division

1979: B.S. of Jazz Studies University of Bridgeport; Neil Slater director of Jazz Studies

1979-1983: touring musician

1983 to 1993: Productions Unlimited, Inc. Stamford, CT; negotiated, contracted, and represented musicians for lounge and hotel entertainment. Scheduled tours for traveling lounge acts. Purchased entertainment for major hotel chains, casinos, and corporate events.

1993 to present: Preferred Artists; artist representation, production, tour scheduling, endorsements, record deals, NFL Player Rep


Trumpet studies:
Mel Broiles, James Burke, Carmine Caruso, Ray Crisara, Allan Colin, John Eckert, Leon Merian, Stan Mark, Joe Newman, Danny Stiles, Ed Treutel, Bob Zottola; Juilliard Pre-College 1973-1975; B.S. Jazz Studies University of Bridgeport 1979

Jazz Performance: Sal Salvador Jazz Orchestra; Gary Wofsey Big Band, featured soloist University of Bridgeport Jazz Ensemble, Rich Szabo Big Band, Sonny Costanzo Big Band, The Maynard Ferguson Orchestra (rehearsals only), National Association of Jazz Educators

Club Date Experience: Nite Sprite, Beginnings, Preferred Artists, the Sentimental Seventeen

Jewish Club Date Experience: Avremi G Orchestra, Ken Gross Orchestra, Piamenta, Hillel Zakai; Celebrations Orchestra, Ely Katz

Performed with: Lew Soloff; Lou Marini, Cornelius Bumpus, Eddie Bert, Dave Weckl, Sal Salvador, Lew Anderson, Gary Wofsey, Arthur Lipner, Roger Ball

Opening Act for:  Jimmy Smith Trio; Rare Earth; The Dixie Dregs; The Average White Band

Toured With Show Bands: Carol Hahn & Sizzle; The Downbeats; Justus

Artists Representation: Wycliffe Gordon, Marvin Stamm, Dena DeRose, Arthur Lipner