Thursday, July 18, 3pm
Groovin and Diggin’ (to) Another World!: Jay Cook with his plethora of instruments brings us all “to earth” with traditionals, originals and crowd favorites in this “ground-breaking” performance. From a reggae version of “I Feel the Earth Move” to earthly influenced songs like “What Was Mike Mulligan’s Steam Shovel Thinking?”, Jay combines his passion for world music and working with children in this interactive, foot stomping, hand-clapping performance.
The oldest of 6 kids, Jay’s first influence in music was his Mom, who used to play boogie-woogie tunes on the piano when he was a little guy. As a 10 year old, hIs first band ever was with his sister and brother: they performed three gigs, all for their grandparents! Since then, Jay has gone on to explore new avenues of musical expression: from playing classical guitar, to improvising on jazz bass, to singing in a barber shop quartet, to traveling and studying with West African drum masters. He currently sings and plays bass, guitar, ukelele, accordion, keys and percussion in a number of bands, including school performances with master drummer Steve Leicach. Jay also teaches music at the Hilltop Montessori School in Brattleboro, where, after the ground thaws, he digs daily in his backyard garden.