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, Madeleine Peyroux, The Editors, Elbow, Chris Brown, Rusted Root, Michael Franti, Dionne Warwick, Hootie and The Blowfish, Alisa Delois Peoples, The 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.
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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.
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Ray's Favorite Original Jam:
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
The Palace Theater Stamford
ABC's Born to Explore
Stepping Stones Museum
Childcare Learning Centers of Fairfield County
Levitt Pavilion Westport
Norwalk Public Library
City of New Canaan
City of Darien
Boys and Girls Club of America
City of Bridgeport
Mill River Park Association
City of Fairfield
Green's Farm Nursery School
Greenwich Land Trust
City of Norwalk
Mystic Public Library
City of Bridgeport
Darien Community Association
Darien Nature Center
Stamford Public Schools
City of Stamford
Stamford Town Center