Jay Craig – Baritone Saxophone
Edinburgh-born saxophonist Jay Craig’s infatuation with the instrument began at a very tender age when he was taken to hear Duke Ellington’s Orchestra by his clarinet teacher. Later, following a four year stint in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Jay won a scholarship to Boston’s famous Berklee College of Music. After two years he left to join the Buddy Rich Orchestra, touring America and Europe solidly for the next three years until Buddy’s death.
Upon moving to London in 1987, Jay freelanced in the West End before joining the BBC Big Band in 1992. Over the years he has worked with a host of major artists including Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Shirley Bassey, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, Billy May, Burt Bacharach, Al Martino, Cleo Laine, Natalie Cole, Jamie Cullum, Buddy Greco, Claire Teal, Ray Charles, Michael Buble, Les Brown and Ray Anthony as well as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert and Symphony Orchestras.
A founder member of the Echoes of Ellington, Back To Basie and Solid Senders big bands he is currently the baritone sax man with the Syd Lawrence and John Wilson orchestras as well as the BBC Big Band.
Jay also directs his own big band in London.