Stephen Jay is a composer, bassist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist. His original music is bass-driven, innovative, and exotic, blending world influenced polyrhythmic grooves with elements of Jazz and Rock. His combinations of ethnic and modern instruments and styles result in unique, richly textured musical images.
Stephen’s bass recording credits include 4 Grammy winners and many Grammy nominated albums. He is the credited bassist, backing vocalist and orchestrator on “Weird Al” Yankovic’s recent Billboard #1 album, “Mandatory Fun”, also on 9 RIAA Gold and 5 Platinum albums, doubling on backing vocals, and other instruments including banjo, flute, keyboards, dundun, gulu, percussion and backing vocals. His past work includes bass performance and recording with Wayne Shorter, Hugh Masekela, Alex Acuna, Luis Conte, Rick Derringer, Isah Hamani, Joe Higgs, Betty Buckley, and Jimmy Haskell. He is an original and continuing member of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s band, recording and touring since 1982. Stephen’s own polymetric funk band, “Ak & Zuie”, has toured the US, Canada, and Australia, and has appeared on PBS. He was voted one of “Today’s 20 Top Bassists” by “International Musician and Recording World” magazine.
Originally recorded November 2016