Jay is known officially as one of the world's top pianists - styles rooted in jazz, but extends to blues, gospel, folk, rock, country-rock as well as one of the leading pioneers of adapting "world music" into piano performance. Jay's musical history is vast, encompassing a wide diversity of genres in piano/keyboard performance as well as studio production.
Writing, production & performance credits include work with Sheryl Crow, The Eagles, (Hell Freezes Over), Jimmy Buffett, Bonnie Raitt, Wynona Judd, Glenn Fry, Joe Walsh, Chick Corea, Dave Weckl, Jay Graydon, Keith Thomas, Boz Scaggs, Lauren Christie, Peter Mayer, and many others.
Jay's commercial/industrial film & media client list includes McDonalds, AT&T, Chevrolet, Ford Motor Company, Michelob, TWA Airlines, Sony, and various Hollywood feature films, cable & network television programming.
Born with perfect pitch, Jay first started playing piano at 4 years old, and has never stopped playing music.
Winning prestiguous awards in both high school and college jazz bands, at 19 years old, Jay was picked to join the Maynard Ferguson band, and was officially the youngest member to ever play in the band.
Growing up with best friend, Dave Weckl, Jay went on to co-compose and co-produce 5 albums with Dave, comprising guest appearances from legends such as Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Steve Gadd, Anthony Jackson, John Pattitucci, Eric Marionthal, Frank Gambale, and others.
Jay's upcoming solo piano release "OUTSIDE THE BOX" is his 1st solo album, and combes his large diversity of style and experience. - sure to attract audiences worldwide.
William Lenihan, composer, guitarist,pianist, musicologist, esteemed author and educator, is currently the director of Jazz Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. As a jazz musician, William's credits include Ron Carter (Miles Davis), Dave Weckl (Chick Corea), Tom Kennedy(Dave Weckl, Mike Stern, Steps Ahead), Bob Brookmeyer, and many others.
As a classical musician, he has performed with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre, and numerous chamber groups. In musical theatre, William has played many broadway shows, including under the direction of Leonard Slatkin and many others.
He has held teaching positions at Washington University, Webster University and Southern Illinois University. His graduate studies were at University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he was the recipient of the Harry Warren Memorial Scholarship for gifted composers of music for film, and also the Naropa Institute in Boulder with Ralph Towner and Gary Peacock (Miles Davis and Keith Jarret). In New York he studied with ECM recording artist Richard Beirach, and has studied through various master classes including those of Pierre Boulez, film composers Jerry Goldsmith, Henry Mancini and many others.
William is also a composer for film & television with numerous credits, as well as a prolific composer of both jazz and classical works.
He is also the author of 7 books, and has devised one of the most innovative teaching methods available today.