JAY & THE BLUE JAYS
JAY was born in 1953 in Pensacola, Florida. As a boy his family moved
often, living at various times in Virginia, Rhode Island, California,
Texas and Hawaii before finally settling in the Washington, DC area. He's
been on the road ever since.
In 1980 Doug was asked by guitarist/singer Bob Margolin to join his new band following Bob's departure (after seven years as lead guitarist) from The Muddy Waters Band. Doug shared the vocals in addition to his harp duties, and as the Bob Margolin Band toured regularly throughout the East Coast and Midwest, he gained invaluable experience working with one of the great interpreters of traditional-style Chicago blues. After leaving Bob's band, Doug played for the next few years in the Washington, DC area with local groups, exploring his interest in 60s soul/pop in addition to the blues material he had become known for. It was during this time that he began writing and performing his original songs, some of which became mainstays of his repertoire.
the 1980s, the West Coast blues/roots scene had exploded with the likes
of Robert Cray, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, The James Harman Band,
Little Charlie & the Nightcats, William Clarke and scores of other
great players. In 1990 Doug decided to delve into this scene, moving to
San Francisco and starting his own group. Featuring Bay Area guitar virtuoso
Anthony Paule, his band began working regularly on the highly competitive
club circuit in Northern California and in 1993 they recorded Doug's first
In 1994 Doug returned to his hometown of Washington, DC and formed the East Coast version of his band. In the late 90s, Doug completed work on his second solo project, "Get It While It's Hot". An ambitious blend of amplified blues, roots rock, 50s-style jump swing and 60s-style R&B, the album includes 10 original compositions and features an all-star cast of American roots musicians: West Coast guitar killer Alex Schultz, East Coast drum giant Big Joe Maher, Nashville keyboard wizard Kevin McKendree and 50s doo-wop kings The Legendary Orioles, among others. The CD is another step in Doug's musical evolution, drawing from many sources to create something a little bit different. Not really "retro" or "blues-rock", Doug's sound is inspired and informed by America's musical past but with both feet firmly planted in the present.
Having developed close musical ties in Europe in the 90s, Doug now spends much of his time touring throughout the continent. He is a frequent headliner at Blues and City Festivals in addition to his regular nightclub appearances.
didn´t take long for the rest of the musicians there to notice the
youngster´s talent, and quite a few of them began to use Jimmy on
their gigs. In addition to playing with the likes of German piano wizard
Christian Rannenberg and saxophone great Tommy Schneller, he became
a regular member of the Tom Vieth Bluesband, with whom he also recorded
a CD, and later BlueSonic featuring Thomas Feldman (on sax and harmonica).
As some of the more well-known expatriate American blues musicians in
Europe became aware of him, Jimmy began playing gigs with Guitar Crusher,
Chicago blues lady Angela Brown, singer Teeny Tucker and singer/harmonica
In the late 90's he formed his own group, Jimmy´s BlueSonic - fronting the band on guitar and vocals. As he had been playing with bassist Mirko Bartolcic and drummer Andre Werkmeister for years in various groups, they were the logical choice for the rhythm section. In addition to his guitar duties, Jimmy contributes the occasional lead vocal to the repertoire of Doug Jay & the Blue Jays.
Mirko Bartolcic, currently living in Maastricht/NL, has established
himself as an in-demand bass player in Germany. His
Drummer Andre Werkmeister is the ideal counterpart for Mirko´s bass-playing. Currently residing in Köln, he's become known for his work with The Silvertones, Tommy Schneller, Keith Dunn, Teeny Tucker and many other German and international blues artists.
Jay & the Blue Jays are at their core a quartet: harmonica/vocals,
guitar, bass & drums. They can, however, frequently be
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