Jay Smith has performed with dozens of groups all over the US and Europe in a wide range of music from bebop and jazz fusion to latin rock and funk. He has worked with groups and musicians as Marcos Reyes (War), Carl Saunders, Clayton Cameron (Tony Bennet), Kelulu, Mento Buru, The Fresno Philharmonic, David Baron Stevens, Andre Bush, Mike Dana, Velorio, Zambra, and Patrick Contreras to name a few.
He has been on several radio stations and TV stations including Bakersfield's Channels 17, 23, 29/58, The Michael Nayt Show,
Brighthouse Networks, and 107.1 FM KRAB, Fresno's 90.7 KSFR where he currently has his own Radio Show.
Two of his bands (Jay Smith Trio/Group and Kelulu) are selected as Featured Artists on the Global Level on Reverbnation.com. He
was the lead instructor at the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop for first four years.
His first album, Unashamed Portrayal, (available now on iTunes and 30 other retailers) features Grammy Nominated Guitarist Andre Bush,
Jay Jay Hicks, Saxophonist Chris Nguyen, trombonist Joe Vazquez, trumpeter Mark Manda, Fernando Montoya on acoustic and electric bass, Jonathan Weinmann on drums, and Jorge Nunzio Urbina on percussion. It's been featured on ALL ABOUT JAZZ as their download of the day.
Smith's latest record, Too Many Notes, was titled by his fans based on his reputation for a blisteringly fast
playing style. Patrick Contreras on electric violin, Jay Jay Hicks on 8 string bass, Cesareo Garasa on drums, Fernando Montoya on electric bass, James Russell on double saxes (tenor/alto) and a variety of others are featured on this release.
Cesareo Garasa is the drummer for Bakersfield's reggae/ska powerhouse Mento Buru as well as various other groups in the Central Valley. He was the co-producer of the acclaimed release by The Iron Outlaws, "Take It or Leave It," and an associate producer on The Jay Smith Group's "Too Many Notes." He is also an active touring and session musician.
Fernando Montoya was born in Anaheim and lived in the Orange County area before moving to Bakersfield in 2002. He began playing flute and trumpet in elementary school and continued on trumpet at Highland High School before switching to the trombone. Outside of school, he
started playing electric bass and eventually switched to double bass in the orchestra and jazz band at Highland. Montoya continued playing electric and acoustic bass in the orchestra and jazz band at Bakersfield College and now his love of music has led him to working on his Bachelor's Degree in music education at CSUB. Blues, Rock and Roll and Jazz are some of his favorite musical styles and they all influence his playing and composing. In addition to Rickety Ship, he currently performs with the CSUB BIg Band and chamber music ensembles, local rock band Trading Company, The Jay Smith Group and he sits in with various other groups from time to time.