The bulk of Jay's professional work has been as a Los Angeles studio musician, preceded by several road tours with various groups, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis, and Stan Kenton.
He got an early start in show business, starting trumpet at the age of 5 years old playing dance jobs with his dad's band. His accomplishments as a young virtuoso led to appearances on TV variety shows including Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ray Bolger Show, Dinah Shore, and Make Room For Daddy.
After recording with Stan Kenton, Jay was heralded as the "Most Promising New Jazz Artist" by Downbeat Magazine in 1968. His career has spanned several decades of TV, film, variety shows, motion picture soundtracks, and recordings of every variety. Jay has worked with an extensive list of artists, including Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Bud Shank, Oliver Nelson, Gerald Wilson, Louie Bellson, Shelly Manne, Don Menza, Bill Watrous, Roger Kellaway, and many others. He's featured on many soundtracks, including: The Waltons, Grease, The Love Boat, Incredible Hulk, and more.
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Bobby Shew Talks About Jay Daversa:
"I've known Jay Daversa for more years than I can remember. I heard him on the Kenton band around mid 60`s. We played shows in Las Vegas back in those days and then we worked lots of TV shows, record dates, and jazz gigs together in Los Angeles thru the 70's. He has always been a very focused jazz player, full of energy and constantly ready to jump in and play. All of those years of experience have got to give him excellent tools and lots of valuable info to pass on to the next generation of players."