Kaitlyn Fay Quartet to Perform at Jazz on Jay Today
Sometimes, Jazz on Jay feels like an extended family as players move from band to band and show off fresh or unknown talents.
Kaitlyn Fay performs at Jazz on Jay today as a singer. However, she is likely best known as the baritone saxophonist in Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble and the Brucker-Weisse-Canterbury Jazz Orchestra – just as Pray himself is best known as a saxophonist but played Jazz on Jay July 7 as an organist with his Ortet.
Fay sings today with bassist Brad Monkell, drummer Cliff Brucker and pianist Wayne Hawkins. The quartet has played regularly at Stoney’s Irish Grill in Schenectady for the past year. Both Monkell and Brucker also played Jazz on Jay with Kevin Carey on July 14.
“My jazz singing is heavily influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Jane Monheit and Cyrille Aimee,” says Fay. She studied with Kim Nazarian and Peter Eldridge of the New York Voices, also Pete McGuinness of The Royal Bopsters, Nancy Marano of William Paterson University, and Jon Metzger of Elon University.
By day, Fay teaches vocal music to grades 7-12 at Waterford-Halfmoon Junior and Senior High School. At night, she plays and sings jazz, performing in the pit orchestras in musical theater productions, with two big bands and her own quartet.
“I very rarely play saxophone on my singing gigs,” says Fay. “When it comes to small group jazz, I prefer to sing.”
In 2013, she released Curiosity, an album of jazz standards. “I did all of the arrangements, sang on every track, and produced,” says Fay. The album features favorite songs by Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and others. “Through these songs we experience the journey of looking for love, finding heartbreak, and learning that a little curiosity can go a long way,” she says.
Jazz on Jay show time is noon where Jay Street meets State Street. Rain site: Robb Alley at Proctors adjacent to Apostrophe. Free.