meet Jay

JASON (JAY) PHARR (DRUMS AND VOCALS; TOLERATES RAY)

Born into a musical family (his father a choral singer/conductor and his mother a choral singer and K-6 music teacher), Jay began playing drums professionally in high school and has never stopped. He's toured around the world and across the U.S. many times over sharing the stage and/or opening for artists such as as Norah Jones, Muse, The National, Pete Francis (Dispatch), The Editors, Elbow, Chris Brown, Rusted Root, Dionne Warwick, Hootie and The BlowfishThe Four Freshman.

As a member of The Cloud Room, has been a featured guest on MTV2’s Subterranean and MTV's TRL Australia. Jay has been seen or heard on MTV, BET, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, Spin Magazine, Rolling Stone, ET, In Touch. The Cloud Room's music has been featured in many TV shows, movies and commercials including a worldwide Pespi ad campaign as well as a Pringles ad campaign. They also had a Rolling Stone top 10 single of the year! 

While living and gigging extensively in the NYC area, Jay has also played with many of NYC's best jazz musicians in groups and big bands including the Ron Sunshine Orchestra and the early jazz ensemble Swingadelic. 

Jay has a bachelor’s degree in music from the prestigious University of North Texas. He is an extraordinary and passionate educator with a deep background in the foundations of early childhood music education.  

Jay is the proud father of two boys.

To Contact Jay: jay@jayandray.com

Jay's Favorite Original Jam:

meet Ray

RAY  BRYANT (GUITAR AND VOCALS; BFF TO JAY)

Ray started studying music formally at age 7, but informally with mom and grandma right out of the nursery. “We were always required to dance with our mom at every family function… as children we were always playing musical games, singing, clapping, dancing, and enjoying music”. This makes a lot of sense if you've ever had the chance to share in the joy of music with Ray. He has been performing and recording all around the tri-state area since high school. Most recently, he has been performing and/or collaborating with such notable artists as Leslie Mendelson (Kimock, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead), Pete Francis (Dispatch), Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon’s bassist since the famed Graceland album) and Morris Goldberg (pioneer of Cape Town Jazz and clarinetist and saxophonist on Graceland).

Ray was the co-creator of a children's TV show AOK cafe with Jim Jinkins (Doug, 101 Dalmations, Disney), Annie Evans (Sesame Street), featuring Jay and Ray. He also created, from ground up, a summertime concert series which included organizing food vendors, artists and musicians with headlining acts such as Pete Francis (Dispatch), Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon Band), Jon Herington and Jim Beard (Steely Dan), Leslie Mendelson (Kimock/Bob Weir) and Frank Migliorelli.

He is one small step away from holding a Masters degree in music education with a concentration on early childhood music development. He created the “Downtown Music Project” mentoring students while at University of Bridgeport for which he won the University’s Dean’s Award in Arts and Sciences.

Ray is the proud father of 3.

To Contact Ray: ray@jayandray.com

Ray's Favorite Original Jam:

 
 
 

PAST CLIENTS

We’ve enjoyed performing for kids, families and schools across Fairfield County and NYC since 2012. Clients include:

  • Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
  • Stamford Museum and Nature Center
  • Montefiore Children's Hospital
  • NYC Board of Education
  • Sacred Heart Greenwich
  • Greenwich Town Party
  • City of Greenwich
  • GE
  • The Palace Theater Stamford
  • ABC's Born to Explore
  • Stepping Stones Museum
  • Childcare Learning Centers of Fairfield County
  • Darien/Norwalk YMCA
  • Levitt Pavilion Westport
  • Norwalk Public Library
  • CT Moms
  • City of New Canaan
  • City of Darien
  •  Boys and Girls Club of America
  • City of Bridgeport
  • JCC Stamford
  • Mill River Park Association
  • City of Fairfield
  • Green's Farm Nursery School
  • Greenwich Land Trust
  • City of Norwalk
  • Mystic Public Library
  • City of Bridgeport
  • RIA
  • Darien Community Association
  • OPUS
  • Darien Nature Center
  • Stamford Public Schools
  • City of Stamford
  • Stamford Town Center
 
 

Ready to Rock?

3 Tracks to Jam with Jay and Ray

Sign up for a weekly music class! We currently have classes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in New Canaan, Greenwich, Stamford, and Darien, CT. Ask us about drop-ins and trial classes.

Need entertainment that rocks? We can perform at events large and small, from family parties to big festivals.  Our concerts are super FUN, high energy and bring joy to everyone. We book events all over the Fairfield County and tri-state area.

We’d love to be a part of your school’s programing. Enhance your students’ learning with Jay and Ray as your music teachers. Let us bring our classes to your preschool or elementary on a weekly basis or for a special performance!