Jay Taylor began making noise on the trumpet at age 8. His older brother, also a trumpet player then, taught him his 1st scale just so he had something resembling music to play. Over the next 10 years, under the tutelage of Lawrence Goldsmith, Peter Steucyk, Warren Muchemore and William Elwell, Jay played in just about every type of band that would have him. A product of the Elwell/Muchemore "Program", Jay's interest in jazz and improvisation began while a student at Portsmouth High School. In his Senior year, Jay auditioned for and was selected to the prestigious McDonald's All American High School Band - a group of 104 High School Seniors selected from all over the U.S.
Jay spent the next 4 years as a member of the University of New Hampshire jazz enemble under the direction of David Seiler. While at UNH, Jay had the opportunity to tour Europe with the UNH Jazz band as well as play, perform and learn from such musical luminaries as Clarke Terry, Bob Kurnow and Chris Humphrey.
Recently, Jay has performed with several New England based musical groups including the Seacoast Wind Ensemble, the Nickerbocker Big Band, the George Kaye Orchestra, the Good Memories Big Band, the Chris Humphrey Big Band and the Jerry Thebodo Big Band, Jay has been a member of the New Legacy Swing band since 2003.