Renowned Jazz Artist Jimmy Lay to perform with local jazz ensemble

In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, renowned Jazz Artist Jimmy Lay will be performing with the Potomac State College/Community Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Church-McKee Arts Center on the campus of Potomac State College of West Virginia University. The concert is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Jimmy Lay
Jimmy Lay

Lay has performed with jazz greats Doc Severinsen, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Taylor and Joe Williams to name a few, on TV shows including “Nashville Now,” “The Mike Douglas Show” and “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.”

Lay studied music at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla.  He began his career as an Air Force musician in 1961 and retired in 1989.  While serving in the Air Force, he was the featured ballad soloist, split lead player and a section member for twenty years in the "Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble" located at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. 

During this time, the band toured in the U.S. and abroad performing for the general public and participating in numerous jazz festivals in place like Monterey, Calif., Wichita, Kan., Newport, R.I., Detroit, Mich. and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.