Official Biography (courtesy of Miles Jaye)
Like his namesake, legendary trumpeter Miles Davis, Miles Jaye is one of music's most gifted, distinctive and dynamic artists. MILES has enjoyed a brilliant career spanning more than 25 years; electrifying audiences internationally in countries such as Australia, Burma, Columbia, England, France, Holland, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Peru, and Switzerland. He has also performed extensively throughout the continental United States and Hawaii.
Best known for his fiery, passionate vocals, Jaye turns the heat up even higher with his red hot electric violin stylings; further establishing him as one of the days most gifted musicians. While he is an accomplished, classically trained violinist, he is also highly proficient on a wide variety of other instruments such as piano, flute, saxophone, guitar, upright string bass and bass guitar.
A native New Yorker, Jaye was introduced to world travel during his five year stint in the U.S. Air Force. Upon returning to New York he established himself as one of the most sought after side men on the scene. After touring with jazz guitarist Eric Gale, songstress Phyllis Hyman and a world tour as the top cop in the pop group Village People; Jaye set out on his own.
As a writer, Miles has penned and recorded more than 40 original compositions and has the distinction of recording 12 different instruments on several of his critically acclaimed CDs. This classically-trained violinist has also produced seven chart-topping hits and enjoys a reputation as an R&B and Contemporary Jazz writer.
Signing with soul legend Teddy Pendergrass' Top Priority Label under Island and Atlantic Records, Jaye's debut CD MILES, is now a classic and can be regularly heard on classic soul stations around the world.
Over the course of his illustrious career, Jaye has had the distinction of performing, recording or sharing the stage with other celebrated artists such as Nancy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, B.B. King, Grover Washington, Jr., Roy Ayers, Phyllis Hyman, Patti LaBelle, Roberta Flack, George Duke, Branford Marsalis, Najee, Kirk Whalum, Alex Bugnon, Rachelle Ferrell, Will Downing, Gerald LeVert, Vicki Winan, CeCe Winan, Phil Perry, Tony Terry and many more.
He has also begun what has become his newest labor of love: the Miles Jaye Jazz CafÃ©. In his own words, the Miles Jaye Jazz CafÃ© is a live performance setting where smooth jazz, smooth R&B and great people meet.
MILES (1987) Top Priority/Island Records
IRRESISTIBLE (1989) Island Records
STRONG (1991) Island Records
DIVINE ASCENSION (1996) Black Tree Records
ROMANTIC STORM (1998) Black Tree Records
THE ODYSSEY (1999) Black Tree Records
HUMANITY (2003) Black Tree Records
Billboard Top Singles:
Let's Start Love Over ..5
I've Been A Fool For You ..10
I'll Be There ..20
Strong For You ..20
JOY (Artist: Teddy Pendergrass 1988 - Certified Gold)
Guest Vocal Recordings:
PEACEFUL JOURNEY (Artist: Kim Waters);
ERIC GALE & BAND, MONTREAUX JAZZ FESTIVAL (Artist: Eric Gale with Miles Jaye on vocal, violin and flute);
PEACEFUL PEACE (Artist: Bryant Pugh & Friends with Miles Jaye on Violin);
Miles' resume also includes:
Last Love Song
Youre Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else
Young Man, Older Woman
MARGERETTE, a Novel (published 2003)
Black Mens Magazine
1991: Founded a non-profit organization "Dress the Kids" to provide clothing, toys, and holiday celebrations for homeless children and their families in the communities of Philadelphia and New Jersey, sponsoring more than 1,000 families.
Performed at WDAS-FM's annual "Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Christmas Celebration" for hospitalized sick children.
1999: Formed the Black Tree Arts Foundations that produces annual free jazz music concerts for the South New Jersey community.
Mentor and speaker for high school and elementary students.
2005: Performed on behalf of Women's Cafe, a Miles Jaye Jazz Cafe activity, in support of Hubbard House Orlando and The Spring of Tampa Bay.
2007: Performed on behalf of Women's Cafe, in support of Micah's Place "Domestic Violence" awareness and Healing Balm Ministries "HIV/AIDS" prevention. Miles was honored by Fernandina Beach Mayor Bill Leeper and presented the Key to the City of Fernandina.