Jay Sawyer

Drums
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01/19/2020
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David Gibson "After-hours"
12/01/2019
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David Gibson "After-hours"
11/28/2019
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David Ambrosio Quintet
10/10/2019
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Perry Smith Quartet
09/29/2019
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David Gibson "After-hours"
09/08/2019
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David Gibson "After-hours"
08/11/2019
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David Gibson "After-hours"
03/17/2019
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Jon Beshay Quartet
12/26/2018
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Itamar Borochov Quartet
10/27/2018
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Smalls Showcase: Ben Barnett Quintet
10/06/2018
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Tivon Pennicott Trio
07/12/2018
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Itamar Borochov Quartet
02/17/2018
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Jonathan Voltzok & Slide Hampton Quintet
02/08/2018
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Itamar Borochov Quartet
10/20/2017
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Afterhours with Eric Wyatt
08/07/2017
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BJU Festival: The Tammy Scheffer Sextet
01/05/2017
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The Vitaly Golovnev Quintet
12/02/2016
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After-hours Jam Session with Eric Wyatt
11/28/2016
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The John Raymond Quartet
05/22/2016
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George Gee Swing Orchestra
02/21/2016
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Eyal Vilner Big Band
12/27/2015
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The Eyal Vilner Big Band
09/10/2015
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The John Raymond Quartet
08/14/2015
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The Tivon Pennicott Quartet
08/12/2015
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The Itamar Borochov Quintet
03/25/2015
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The Itamar Borochov Quintet
03/14/2015
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Afternoon Jam Session
05/05/2013
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After-hours Jam Session
Upcoming Shows
Born in Grand Rapids, MI, Jay Sawyer is one of the most in-demand rising star drummers in New York City. He has shared the stage with artists such as Freddy Cole, John McNeil, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Stefon Harris, Donny McCaslin, Benito Gonzalez, and Shai Maestro among others. Jay is also a first call drummer for many up-and-coming musicians in New York including Itamar Borochov, Caroline Davis, Tomoko Omura, John Raymond and many more. He has toured extensively in the USA and Europe, including performances at the Montreal, Detroit and Chicago Jazz Festivals, Festival Eclats d’Email in Limoges, France and more. While attending Western Michigan University and the University of Illinois, respectively, Jay studied with some of the most well-respected jazz drummers including Billy Hart, Tim Froncek, Keith Hall and Dana Hall. Each nurtured his passion and skill for the art of jazz drums. As a result, Jay has become a passionate and gifted educator, both as a private lesson teacher as well as in a group setting.