Jay Kaye
Singer, guitar player and composer Jay Kaye is the son of guitarist Mary Kaye, first female vocalist/guitarist to be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame with Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and namesake of the Mary Kaye Stratocaster®, first custom guitar from Fender Company.

Jay is also the grandson of Johnny Ukulele, master of the ukulele, who once taught billionaire aviator and movie producer Howard Hughes how to play. Johnny was the son Of Hawaiian Prince Koeheo Ka’aihue.
Jay was almost born backstage but for a fast car and his father’s driving skills. He and his mother were rushed to Saint Joseph Hospital (Saint Louis Mo.) right after Mary broke water in the last song of the trio's late night show. The first year of Jay’s infancy was on the road, sleeping in his mother’s dressing room under the care of an au pair while the Mary Kaye Trio performed.

Jay’s first musical awakening began on his tenth birthday when he got a portable record player and the 45 single of the Beatle’s first American smash ” I Saw Her Standing There”. After heavy doses of the “Fab Four”, the Stones and the MercyBeatSound, Jay’s vocation was clear, he would learn to play the guitar and become a long haired musician.

Because of Mary’s endorsement of the Fender Stratocaster, a delivery truck full of guitars and amps came to their Las Vegas home, the timing was uncanny and so Jay began with his mother teaching him the fundamental major and minor chords. At twelve years he started his own band “Jay Kaye and the Loved Ones”. Mod Pop Rock who’s playin what band” short lived. Listening and learning the craft of song composition while influences changed with the musical and cultural explosion of the psycadelic era, Hippies & Loveins, Sgt. Pepper and Jimmy Hendrix.
Accompanying his mother to Vancouver where she was to appear at Izzy’s Super Club, Jay met producer Robin Spurgin with whom he stayed with to record his first album, JK & Co. “Suddenly One Summer”, released in the U.S. by White Whale records in the summer of 1968 and re-edited in 2001 by Sundazed/BeatRocket (available at Sundazed Records). At seventeen, he joined his first semi pro band “The Rush Hour” playing gigs and making money covering R&B and Rock & Soul, Spencer Davis, Blind Faith, Sam & Dave, Fleetwood Mac. It was while rehearsing in their Culver City studio that Stash Wagner, front man for “Fraternity of Man” and song writer of the late 60’s drug culture anthem “Don’t Bogart that Joint” (immortalized in Easy Rider) approached them to play a very important concert. The concert was only two weeks away and he was without a band. He avoided explaining any details about the concert other than it would be held at the Earl Warren show grounds in Santa Barbara and they were to be the opening band. It was only on the day they found out they were opening for Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin!

Jay went on to front a L.A. band called Shotgun, fusion of southern rock rhythm & Blues joined by Fritz Carney on bass (who was to become musical director for Elvis Presley’s band). A limited recording was produced by Jessie Ed Davis, early guitarist for Taj Mahal and the band played all over the southern California area. They had the pleasure and honour of opening for Albert Collins, who after hearing Jay play said: “Boy you play real good! Keep it up, keep it up.” . In 1976 the blues based power trio Champion recorded for Uranus records (Japan) and then for A&M Records (LosAngeles) as the 7 piece funky rock band Masterplan and Jay also played guitar for The Imperials in LasVegas as well as performing and recording with old friend Matt Sorum, drummer for Guns and Roses).

In 1985, he moved to Cardiff, Wales where he played locally before moving to Mallorca, Spain in 1987 to play at the Casino. Introduced to the local scene by American singer and pianist Deborah Carter, Jay decided to make his home on the island. He’s been an active member of the local music scene ever since, recording Jay Kaye Band’s cd “Everything I Touch Becomes The Blues” (Bluesville Music Blau/Discmedi 1997). Jay’s band has performed concerts all over Spain and other parts of Europe, Holland, Monaco, Portugal, Germany and England where he recorded his demo of "In Dreams" at the famous Berwick Street studios in Soho, London. Taking a break from his trio, Jay also toured with Javier Vargas band as singer and joined the Blues Devils in 1998, his voice adding depth and character to the band. In the summer of 2001, he reformed the Jay Kaye Band with the collaboration of Brahm Heidl and Diego Ferral and recorded the “Live & Unplugged” cd in February 2002. Shortly after, Toby Taylor returned to be the third element of the triad. In that time “the big turnaround” cd was realized and recorded and in the spring of 2004 it was mixed by Andreas"The Wizzard” and released on “Out Now”.