Jay Oliver is a jazz musician (piano, keyboards and synths), composer, recording artist, producer; residing in Los Angeles. He began his professional music career at the age of sixteen as the youngest member of Maynard Ferguson’s band. His later credits include: Sheryl Crow, The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Wynona Judd, Glenn Frey, Peabo Bryson, Chick Corea, Dave Weckl, Russ Kunkel and Aomusic. He performed in the original soundtrack music for the feature films "Arachnophobia" and "Wild Target"
Oliver moved from St. Louis to the Los Angeles area in 1989 while still touring with Jimmy Buffett. In 1990 he began co-composing and producing songs with Cheryl Crow, which she recorded as an unreleased album at A&M studios prior to her debut release. That same year he worked with Chick Corea on his "Inside Out" album and began recording jazz fusion albums with top jazz drummer and longtime friend, Dave Weckl. Between 1990 and 2001, he collaborated with Weckl on five album projects while touring in his band.
In the early nineties Oliver recorded and toured with Glen Frey as his keyboard player. He also played keyboards and arranged backing tracks on the The Eagles' Hell Freezes Over album.
In 1996 he began co-producing the world music project Aomusic with the group's founder Richard Gannaway, releasing three albums to date on indie label AO Music/Arcturian Gate. In 2001, Oliver and Gannaway were invited to China by CRC (the China Record Corporation) and introduced to the Beijing Olympic Committee, who asked them to compose theme music for the 2008 Summer Games. Ultimately, the Aomusic song ("On Jai Ya") was not selected as the 2008 Olympic theme piece, and is now heard as soundtrack music for the 2011 promotional trailer, Project Peace on Earth.ĺŽźĺ¸–ĺś°ĺť€: Jimmy Buffett Info http://www.buffettinfo.com/former-members-honorary-members-special-guests/3797-jay-oliver-keyboards.html#post4704
In 2004 Oliver was invited to Mubai to work with Bollywood film score composer, Sandeep Chowta.
In 2007 Oliver and Director of Music Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, William Lenihan, began an ambient music project (SmartWav) as a tonal technology for sleep and relaxation.
In 2009 he co-composed the song "Gaiya Lo Mane" with Richard Gannaway and Miriam Stockley (known for her work on Karl Jenkins' Adiemus project) as theme music for the Give Kids the World Foundation. The song also appears on Aomusic's second album release, "Twirl".
In 2011 Oliver, Gannaway and Stockley released their third Aomusic album "...and Love Rages on!", aligning with one of the many charities under the FirstGiving / GlobalGiving umbrellas. The FirstGiving / Aomusic alliance is specifically organized to build sustainable villages for the children of Haiti who were displaced by an earthquake in 2010.