Jay Beckenstein

Top Songs & Albums Jay Beckenstein

7367 Followers

... read moreAlto (and sometimes soprano) saxophonist Jay Beckenstein founded the highly successful crossover jazz outfit Spyro Gyra in 1974 and led the group throughout more than a quarter-century tenure. Beckenstein grew up in a musical family -- his mother was an opera singer, his father a jazz buff -- and...

Key songs

Jay Beckenstein
Sunrise
5:08
Jay Beckenstein
The Other Side
4:49
Jay Beckenstein
Eye Contact
4:54
Jay Beckenstein
West Side Cool
4:06
Jay Beckenstein
Summertime
5:08

Biography

Active: 2000s
Country Of origin: United States of America
Member of: Spyro Gyra

Alto (and sometimes soprano) saxophonist Jay Beckenstein founded the highly successful crossover jazz outfit Spyro Gyra in 1974 and led the group throughout more than a quarter-century tenure. Beckenstein grew up in a musical family -- his mother was an opera singer, his father a jazz buff -- and began playing the saxophone at age seven, joining school bands and playing both jazz and R&B. After graduating high school, Beckenstein and his friend, keyboardist Jeremy Wall, moved to Buffalo, where Beckenstein studied music at SUNY-Buffalo. Beckenstein and Wall began to headline their own gigs around the city and that collaboration evolved into Spyro Gyra, which went on to a long, prolific, and successful career. In 2000, Beckenstein finally issued his very first solo album, a guest-studded affair titled Eye Contact. ~ Steve Huey~ Rovi

Similar artists

John Patitucci
Marcus Miller
Will Lee
Mark Egan
Chuck Loeb