Jay Danley

Toronto Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Teacher

Jay DanleyABC Academy of Music2019-04-30T14:55:06-04:00

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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Jay’s Tuesday Students

Lili;

How long to practice:15 minutes a day

What To Practice;
practice the beginning of Time In A Bottle with emphasis on the new parts

How To Practice Effectively; check to make sure fingers are on the right strings

How Parents Can Support; make sure Lili has a time and place to practice everyday

Mysha;


How long to practice:15 minutes a day


What To Practice;
shallow practice along with words

How To Practice Effectively;
make sure you change chords quickly and smoothly

How Parents Can Support; listen to make sure that the chords are changing at the right time

Trinity;

How long to practice:15 minutes a day

What To Practice;
practice the new chords for Sweet Creature

How To Practice Effectively;
Make sure to check that the chords are correct and that your fingers are on the right strings.

How Parents Can Support; try to get Trinity a nylon string guitar. Have her explain what she has learned in lessons, how the system of tablature works and check to see if she is doing her homework correctly.

May 14th, 2019|

Jay’s Tuesday Students

Carson;

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Island In The Sun, finger picking “Dust In The Wind”

How to practice it most effectively: pay attention the fingers used in the picking hand

How parents can support practice: make sure there is a time and place for practice. Check to make sure correct fingers are used in picking

Lili;

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: first few bars of “Time In A Bottle”

How to practice it most effectively: use correct fingering I showed you

How parents can support practice: listen to “Time In A Bottle” by Jim Croce with Lili.

Mysha;

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: exercises in Hal Leonard book, “Shallow” by Lady Gaga.

How to practice it most effectively: remember to use correct fingering and where your thumb should go Also use correct posture

How parents can support practice: check to make sure Mysha uses correct fingers and good posture.

Trinity;

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: “Sweet Creature” by Harry Styles

How to practice it most effectively: remember the fingering I showed you. Start slowly and then speed up.

How parents can support practice:
make sure there is a time and place for practice.

May 7th, 2019|

Jay’s Thursday Students

Cormack;

What to practice; all the chords for “help” and “here comes the sun”
How long to practice; 15 minutes a day
how to practice effectively; sing or say the words along with changing chords
How parents can support; join in with Cormac and maybe sing along. Encourage Cormac to change chords on time

Sam;
What to practice; bass line for “three little birds”
How long to practice; 15 minutes a day EVERYDAY
 how to practice effectively; check notes against key signature and pay attention to  rhythmic notation
How parents can support; make sure Sam practices everyday. Repetition is very important.

Simon;
What to practice; guitar solo and entirety of “Goodbye Stranger”
how to practice; check notes against key signature and check the rhythms how long to practice; 15 minutes a day
how parents can support; make sure Simon practices everyday. Listen to the song with Simon.

Felix;
What to practice; “I can’t give you anything but love”
C check fingers against notes written; go slowly
how long to practice; 15 minutes a day.

Kiran;

What to practice; “shout it out loud”
how to practice; practice along with original recording
how long to practice; 15 minutes a day
how parents can support; make sure Kiran has a place and time to play every day

Josh;

What to practice; “Shapes Of Things” and “Give A Little Bit”

How Long To Practice; 30 minutes a day

How To Practice; check your finger positions before playing a chord. For “Give…” follow the form completely.

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Jays Sunday student.

David-practice dust I the wind adding in the new eight bars, practice slowly at first. THen move on to he pik playing for wildwood flower

January 28th, 2018|