His recordings on the Shejaz label, a solo CD "Sly Entrance" and the Jay Messer Quintet CD "Bayside" have received rave reviews from newspapers and international magazines including Jazz Improv and Cadence Magazine.
"Sly Entrance" features timeless standards in original solo guitar arrangments from "Fats" Waller to Monk, and also two compositions of his own.
"Bayside" features Jay and his quintet performing his compositions and arrangments ranging from the cool-jazz/bebop style of his originals to up tempo sambas and slow, sultry Latin grooves from contemporary jazz and Brazilian composers.
"Concentration" Jay's 2nd solo guitar recording, released in November, 2010 features another 10 years of solo guitar performing featuring compositions of Monk, Mingus, Zoller, Ellis and an original.
"Sly Exit" is the latest Quintet CD recorded in November, 2010 and released in August, 2011 is the groups current work, All original arrangements, Bop, Ballads, some Latin grooves and five originals.
To order CDs or to receive performance information send an e-mail request to email@example.com. Or click on the links to the left. Jay's CDs can also be ordered on line from amazon.com or cdbaby.com. where you can listen to 1 min. samples as well.
To listen to music samples from The Jay Messer Quintet and view photos click on the link to the left for Quintet music samples & photos.
To listen to four solo guitar samples with photos click the link to the left for solo jazz guitar samples.
Jay can be viewed in concert in a duo with Tom McClung performing 45 Degree Angle on youtube. just click this link. Recorded 06/20/03 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOU5l0W1T7o
Jay can be heard at many Western New England jazz venues including The Federal, EB's, The Hazard Grill, Castle Street Cafe, and many others. For Jay's upcoming performances go to Jay's Schedule page.
Jay performs every Thursday at 6pm "SOLO JAZZ GUITAR" at 'E.B.'s Restaurant in Agawam MA. www.ebsrestaurants.com. 385 Walnut Street EXT. (413) 789-3525
Saturdays at The Federal, 135 cooper Street, Agawam MA. (413)789-1267 (link to the left).
Jay Messer Jazz Productions provides sophisticated jazz to enhance any gathering, event or venue. Swinging quintets and quartets, mellow trios and duos and solo jazz guitar.
* Fine restaurants and clubs
* Corporate parties
* Business meetings
* Retirement celebrations
* College functions
* Holiday gatherings
* Rehearsal dinners
* Events and celebrations large and small
Article on Jay's solo guitar in the Valley Advocate from August, 2011 and the quintet's CD release concert 9/20/11;
Article on Jay and the quintet's CD release concert 9/20/11 in the Springfield Republican.