New Video “The Next Great Escape” drops Friday, April 13, 2018

Spooky? The Jefferson Jay Band’s new video “The Next Great Escape” drops on Friday the 13. Friday, April, 13, 2018 to be precise. Director Dylan Avery put the Band to work in the historic Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. “The Next Great Escape,” is the first track off The JJB’s new album, “The Best of Operation 365. More info is available on the album release and other Jefferson Jay activities here,

Album Release – Friday April 20th 2018

The Best Of Operation 365
THE JEFFERSON JAY BAND: The Best of Operation 365
Album Release and Performance at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
Friday, April 20, 7:30 PM

WHEN:              Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:             Athenaeum Music and Arts Library
Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room
1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
TICKETS:          Call to reserve: (858) 454-5872 or
Individual: $12 Athenaeum members/ $17 nonmembers
Tickets purchased online are subject to ticketing fees.

SAN DIEGO, CA (March 30, 2018)—The Jefferson Jay Band will release their latest album, The Best of Operation 365, at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library on Friday, April 20. The Best of Operation 365 resets Jefferson Jay’s unmatched 2011 video marathon, the Operation 365. In what the Huffington Post called, “the largest video 365 project in history,” Jay posted three videos each day and blogged about it. The particulars of this project included posting an original song, a cover song and a performance captured at one of Jay’s weekly San Diego shows. Jay duplicated this feat in 2016, with Operation 365 2. Both of these music marathons live in their entirety at Jay’s YouTube channel,

The Jefferson Jay Band will appear in a rare acoustic performance on April 20 as part of the 10th Anniversary season of Acoustic Evenings at the Athenaeum, a 119-year old library in La Jolla, California. Jay originated the series in 2008. Jay recalls, “I was writing the history of the Athenaeum for my Master’s Degree at San Diego State and after I finished, I approached the Athenaeum about showcasing San Diego’s incredible acoustic artists alongside the chamber music and jazz that had typically featured. They were down and it’s been a great decade of shows thus far.”

Jay’s core band includes his wife, Leanne Pearl, on drums; world-class trumpeter Paul Ruiz, who has served by Jay’s side since 2009 and is prominently featured in the band’s eclectic sound; keyboardist Kip Forde; and Berklee School of Music graduate Orion Boucher, on bass. Jay, “They’re not just my band. They’re my best friends.” Philadelphia-based skating and music legend Chuck Treece, who contributed some bass on Jay’s 2014 release “Hallelujah Expressway,” returns, as does fellow Philadelphian, Mark Boyce on keys. Belly dancer/visual artist Adelaide Marcus provided the sublime cover art and it is her likeness that appears on the inside cover in a profound pointillism piece by graphic novel/visual artist Ted Washington. Renowned documentarian Dylan Avery completed the graphic design. The Best of Operation 365’s first single, The Next Great Escape, directed by Avery, was filmed at the Athenaeum, and will also be released on April 20, 2018.

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Jefferson Jay Simply put, Jefferson Jay does things that nobody else would even try. On Thanksgiving 2011, Jay completed the largest “365 project” in the history of the worldwide web. He posted three music videos every day; an original song, a cover song and an archive performance by Jay or one of his friends at a live show. He blogged along with this artistic experiment for a full year. His Operation 365 2 is ongoing. He also produced his 24 Hours of Free Music concerts in four occasions.


Whether with The Jefferson Jay Band, or hosting Open Mics and other events, Jay’s showcases are exciting, unpredictable adventures. He is an optimistic idealist with Woodstock-era beliefs, working hard to bring about the positive change this world needs. His 6 CDs are available on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, or at

Here is an article about Jefferson Jay in The San Diego Union Tribune “Jefferson Jay wants to lift you higher

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