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Jay Lawrence

Jay Lawrence, (freelance musician, composer, educator) operates LIJA Music Inc., is the percussionist for the MT Pit Orchestra, co-owns the Jazz Hang record label with colleague Ray Smith, and is the drummer for the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra. Lawrence graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Science degree - Summa Cum Laude. He has been a member of the adjunct faculties at Brigham Young University (1996 to present), University of Utah (24 years), Snow College (1998 to present), and other Universities.

His vast professional experience began when Lawrence joined The Musicians Union (A. F. of M.) at the age of fifteen. In Reno, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas, Nevada hotel/casino show bands, Jay performed with many celebrities, including: The 5th Dimension, Paul Anka, Vikki Carr, Cher, Roy Clark, The Coasters, Natalie Cole, Vic Damone, Sammy Davis Jr., Barbara Eden, Michael Feinstein, Andy Gibb, Englebert Humperdink, Tom Jones, Ben E. King, Gladys Knight, Rich Little, Loretta Lynn, Ann Margret, Maureen McGovern, Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minnelli, The Moody Blues, Anthony Newley, Lou Rawls, Charlie Rich, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Jr. and Nancy Sinatra, Red Skelton, Dionne Warwick, Raquel Welch, Mary Wilson, and many others.

Former President of the Salt Lake Jazz Society, Lawrence has also performed with many jazz artists, including: Shelly Berg, Brian Bromberg, Kenny Burrell, Cyrus Chestnut, Pete Christlieb, Dee Daniels, Eddie Daniels, Carl Fontana, Al Grey, Don Grolnick, Roy Hargrove, Milt Jackson, Hank Jones, Carol Kaye, Mark Levine, James Moody, Andy Narell, New York Voices, Nicholas Payton, John Pizzarelli, Tom Scott, Bobby Shew, Byron Stripling, Tierney Sutton, Clark Terry, Stanley Turrentine, and Phil Woods.

Many award-winning recordings have been recorded by Jay, including albums with Bob Mintzer, Andy Martin, Joey DeFrancesco, Mike Stern, Eddie Daniels, Chuck Findley, Ellis Hall, Natalie Cole, Rodney Jones, Reggie Thomas, Ron Blake, Rodney Whitaker and others. The Jay Lawrence trio’s Thermal Strut on OA2 Records featured Tamir Hendelman and Lynn Seaton and received critical acclaim in Percussive Notes, Jazz Times, and other magazines. Jay’s 2012 recording, Sweet Lime, released on Jazz Hang Records, reached number 7 on the Jazz Week Radio Airplay charts. It features Bob Sheppard and John Clayton. Lawrence also soloed on Kaskade’s Grammy Nominated album Atmosphere. He has toured throughout the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, the South Pacific and the Caribbean with luminaries such as Chris LeDoux, James Moody, Liberace, Enoch Train, and The Osmonds.

Lawrence has recorded film scores and trailers for the following motion pictures: The Sandlot, 101 Dalmatians, Army of Darkness, Double Impact, Eulogy, Flubber, Frank and Jesse, Gettysburg, Hercules, Huck Finn, Jumanji, Mighty Ducks 2, Nightmare on Elm Street- Part VII, Stargate, Surviving Picasso, The Swan Princess, The Three Ninjas Kick Back, U-57, and Saturday's Warrior.