Jay Danley

Toronto Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Teacher

Jay DanleyABC Academy of Music2017-11-27T20:36:54+00:00

Project Description

AEP (RCM – Pending)

Jay Danley learned his first guitar chords from his father at the age of five. His early formal training came from taking private drum lessons from a number of Toronto’s most distinguished drummers, most notably two years with master drummer Dan Bodanis.

Jay’s teen years were spent in various bands that traveled Ontario and parts of Canada and the U.S. Since that time, Jay’s musical interests have taken him in many different directions.

In 1993 Jay was a founding member of the music/theater improvisation group The Subtonic Monks. The group consisted of an eclectic group of musicians and artists that relied on instinct and communication. This group performed at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and made several appearances on the CBC.

In 1993 Jay was also hired as the rhythm guitarist for the group Showtime who perform hits from the swing era, where Jay began his deep love for jazz. Showtime has recorded four albums, appeared at Roy Thompson Hall, performed concerts with the world famous vocal group The Four Freshman, been joined by such jazz luminaries as Rick Wilkins, Charlie Mountford, Chase Sanborn and currently performs around Ontario with the legendary Peter Appleyard.

In 1995, Jay was a founding member of Orchesta Klave Y Kongo, a group that specialized in performing the traditional form of Cuban music known as Son Montuno. The band became renowned for their dedication to authenticity, with Jay taking a front and center role playing the “tres”, a type of guitar from Cuba very different from his usual instrument. It was Jay’s abilities on this instrument that led him to play with such musical greats as Jane Bunnett, including a 2001 performance on CBC television for the Gemini Awards show, performing with her at the Ottawa Tulip festival and at Hugh’s Room in Toronto.

Jay has also recorded two records with piano maestro Hilario Duran, one of which was nominated for a 2003 Juno award, and has performed with him on several occasions as a regular member of his group “Havana Remembered”.

Latin music has been a very big part of Jay’s life. In 2005 he shared the stage with salsa legend Oscar D’Leon at Massey Hall, and has performed with members of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, including the late Compay Segundo and Jay’s musical idol, Eliades Ochoa. One of Jay’s personal hi- lights was when Eliades passed him his guitar to play on stage in 1998.

He has also played with members of Cuban bands Sierra Maestra, Los Van Van, and The Afro-Cuban All-Stars. In 1999, Jay was an original member of the band Son Ache, who performed at the 2002 Beaches Jazz Festival. Son Ache had the honor of opening for Oscar D’Leon, where Oscar asked Jay to come on stage and play a song, and after which repeatedly called him back on.

In 2004 Jay was a founding member of the traditional jazz group The Hogtown Syncopators. With some of the best local jazz musicians in their lineup, including Drew Jureka (violin), Richard Whiteman (piano), and Terra Hazelton (vocals), this group has recorded an album and holds a weekly residency at The Rex hotel in Toronto.

Jay is also a Juno award winning guitarist, having been prominently featured on the 2009 blues album of the year “Ramblin’ Son” by Julian Fauth.

Jay’s latest creation is the Jay Danley Ethiojazz Project.
Jay continues to play in several distinguished jazz and latin bands and currently resides in Toronto.

Hobbies: collecting old magazines

Favorite food: desert!

Least favorite food: mousaka (russian eggplant dish)

Favorite music: ethiojazz (ethiopian scales and jazz)

Favorite song: The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever”

Favorite movie: Sunset Boulevard

Favorite movie music: “Taxi Driver” – Bernard Herrman

Best musical theater/opera: Johann Offenbach – “Tales of Hoffman”

Best quote from teacher: “If you do it with all you are, someone somewhere will like it”

Favorite quote: “Be the change in the world you would like to see” – Mahatma Ghandi

Favorite book: “The Game” – Ken Dryden

Best thing about teaching at ABC: sharing the joy of making music with others.

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Homework To Be Completed For Dec 11

Hi Everyone,

Here are your assignments for this week:

Declan – Listen to a few different versions of “All The Things You Are”.

Lucien – 10 min/day, Happy and You Know It. + review of note names on instrument and staff.

Griffin – 10 min/day, Take Me Home Country Road, review the chords to the Verse, Chorus, and Bridge.

Sam – 10 min/day – review

Augustine – 10 min/day  Old Macdonald + Guitar solo.  Play each bar 3 times, before going on to the next.

Leah – 5 min/day – Listen to Sk8erboi, Mean, True Colors.  Listen for rhymes!

Have a good week!



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Jay’s Thursday Students


Recommended Practice Minutes: 15 minutes a day

What To Practice: This Old Man, Yankee Doodle, Happy Birthday using correct fingering, All Together Now strumming the correct amount of times

How To Practice: go slowly, making sure fingering is correct. Count the amount of strokes per bar of the song. Try singing the song while playing.

How Parents Can Support Practice: make sure practice time is consistent, and work with Cormack on making sure he uses the correct fingers and strums the chords the correct amount of times.


Recommended Practice Minutes: 30 minutes a day

What To Practice: practice the jazz / blues bass line I wrote out for you and review the bass line for “My Girl”.

How To Practice: make sure each note of the line is played cleanly and with the correct rhythmic value. For the song “My Girl” try playing along with the song.

How Parents Can Support Practice: make sure practice time and space are consistent. When practicing the song “My Girl”, have Sam play along with the original recording. Listen while he is playing. Make sure Sam is using correct fingering.


Recommended Practice Minutes: 30 minutes a day

What To Practice: have Simon practice the song “Nowhere Man” strumming chords and playing the solo

How To Practice: play the song from beginning to end. Play along with the original recording when confident with parts.

How Parents Can Support Practice: Check to make sure Simon is forming the chords correctly and cleanly. Make sure all notes and solo are played in time with the correct rhythm.


Recommended Practice Minutes: 30 minutes a day

What To Practice: practice the song “Royal Garden Blues”, making sure that the finger picking is done correctly. Also working on soloing over “Ain’t No Sunshine”.

How To Practice: go slowly, making sure all notes are formed using the correct fingers and focus on the finger picking pattern. For soloing, go over the blues scales with extensions and listen for things you like the sound of.

How Parents Can Support Practice: watch to make sure Felix uses correct fingering for both picking and Fretting of notes. Since the soloing part is improvisation, occasionally saying “Hey That sounds good!” would be very encouraging.


Recommended Practice Minutes:15minutes a day

What To Practice: “highway To Hell” and “Back In Black”

How To Practice: practice Highway To Hell along with the original recording to increase a sense of timing. Practice Back In Black slowly, focusing on the :”pull Offs” which can be a bit tricky.

How Parents Can Support Practice: make sure that practice time and place are consistent and ask Kiran to play Highway To Hell along with the video on youtube for you.


Recommended Practice Minutes: 30 minutes a day

What To Practice: “Diamonds And Rust” and “Blackbird”

How to Practice: practice fingerpicking part of introduction separately. Then practice song itself along with singing the lyrics. Practice Blackbird to keep it fresh.


Recommended practice time: 30 minutes a day

What To Practice : guitar solo # 1 of Comfortably Numb and all chords for the whole song.

How To Practice: practice along with original album recording. Use Power chords during verse and full chords during chorus. Pay attention to timing in solo.

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