Hi Big Jay,We saw you twice when you came to Melbourne, Australia, and you were fantastic, and we often talk about your great shows!Take care, look after yourself, and may God bless.James and Sowkiog.
For years now, I've been telling my children that yours was my favorite band. You never disappointed. My music was always perfect. Looking back, I think you are the reason I worked at the York Club so much. I don't know if you remember Eddy Moore, the bartender. Al Levy introduced me to him a few months before he came to work there. Eddy and I got married in November 1966. Eddy was the love of my life. He died of prostate cancer in 1998. I often wondered what happened to you after Al and Gene sold the club in 1966. I have been living in Arkansas for many years now and I'm sort of a recluse. My children are my life. Yesterday, you were on my mind a lot so I googled your name and was amazed that you are still performing. I looked at all the pictures and was really happy to see you smiling. I don't remember ever seeing you smile at the York Club. The music was always great and you made my job a lot easier but I always felt like you really belonged in a better place. This morning, I downloaded some of your music and listened to it with my children. It's hard to believe that 48 years have gone by since I heard you play. The beat was different of course but the music is still great. I hope you are well but most of all, I hope you are happy. Pierrette Moore, formerly known as Josie Sylvain.
Excited to see you play today at the Ventura, CA car show at the fair grounds. 70 years ago when my Dad was just 7, he saw you play at his school auditorium in Fresno; and never forgot your performance! Over the years whenever anyone talks about jazz, my Dad re-tells the story of seeing you perform. After reading the newspaper this morning, my Mom said to Dad "Here's a guy who I saw play when I was 10, he's going to be at the car show" Apparently, in all their 58 years together; my Dad had never told my Mom the Big Jay story!! Small world, indeed!So, all three of us are going to see you play today; my folks to see a bit of their childhoods and me to see their faces light up
Hello Big Jay,
I am an avid saxophone player. Just starting out. Love the blues. I'm just a young cat starting out. I was searching for some saxophone blues when I stumbled on your music. I was amazed by your style of playing. I couldn't get enough of hearing your sound and music. Man, I love it. You are awesome! I hope when I get better at playing the saxophone that I can mimic your style of playing. Hey, Big Jay. If you are ever in St.Louis I would Love to get an autograph on my saxophone by you. Take care. Keep jammin man. You are one terrific Player.
Big Jay - You are the BEST! My best friend and I followed you all around Orange County in the late '80's. We were college students in Northern California and couldn't stand being under our parents' watchful eye when we were home on break ... so we escaped to hear some cool tunes by you. We loved Pretty Girls, the Big Jay Shuffle, and Chantilly Lace. We lost track of you during the 90s, but in a stroke of luck and serendipity my best friend found you performing at the Hip Kitty in Claremont last Saturday night. What an epic night we had! It was so great to see you, talk to you, and again enjoy your music. You haven't changed a bit and entertained us so that two days later we are still grinning and remembering the fun we had. Thank you, Big Jay!
Just want to say hi from here in Osaka. Last year's show at the Club Quattro was just amazing, and I'm looking forward to seeing you again this November, gonna tell all my friends too!
The first time I saw You was back in 1979 at Pepe's and then at Salvatore's in Fullerton,Ca. My husband and I saw "The Battle of The Bands" with You, Joe Huston and many others. It was a fantastic gig. Have all of the old LP's You made. Would love to see another show....ever come to Vegas? Thank You for the years of great music! Barb
I remember seeing You at "The Light House" in So. Calif. A friend asked if he could sit in and You let him play along on the drums for 4 songs. Later I saw You at Pepe's & also Salvatore's in So. Calif. The day of "The Battle of The Bands" with You, Joe Huston, and Chuck Higgins was awesome. We loved when You played Honky Tonk and walked around to each table and even outside. Saw You at Catalina Island too. One time You were at another gig and Richard Berry played in Your place. I got to meet him that night and it was an honor. Also saw him at The Century Room in Los Angeles Years and years ago. I now live in Las Vegas and I sure wish You did shows here, I will always be a fan. Jim
Big JayIn 1953, I was four years old when I heard my older brothers and their buddies blow some rock and some blues at our house. And one of my favorite numbers was Pachuco Hop which they told me you did. Sure would like to hear it again!
Hey Big Jay!!! Sure miss ya here on Catalina Island.Remember you back in 70s,I was just a teenager..Still have memories of you playing your SAX like the pied pipper on Cresent.You had the town boogying with you..I used to cook at Gullens and bounced at the Chi Chi Club...Hope all is well...thanks for the smiles and the Happy memories...your friend on Catalina,Gilligan