Jay Collins & Northern Resistance

The saxophone player of choice for famous artists such as Gregg Allman, Little Feat, (the late) Levon Helm, and Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, Jay Collins played on 2 Grammy-winning recordings with Levon Helm, a platinum-selling DVD with the Allman Brothers Band (Live at the Beacon Theater), and was featured on horns and arrangments for the Grammy-nominated recording with Gregg Allman, “Southern Blood” (2017).

Whether fronting his own band, The Northern Resistance, on lead vocals and sax, or blowing his horn in the bands of  legendary musicians, Jay always delivers. In an era where many learned to play music in a school, Mr. Collins is one of those rare musicians who learned to play the old-fashioned way: “on the bandstand”. Although known as a horn player and arranger, Jay’s singing and song-writing abilities are a pleasant surprise to music lovers!

His granite pipes prompted Time Out NY to note that, “His soulful ‘croak’ definitely deserves to be heard!” and Blues Revue said, “Jay Collins plays a hot saxophone, but he covers a lot more ground than that…..” Hittin’ the Note Magazine stated,

“Rivers, Blues, and Other People makes a resounding case for Collins the singer, songwriter, and bandleader.” -Hittin’ the Note Magazine

 He was the horn arranger, saxophone player (2001-2016), and musical director (2004-2009) for the Gregg Allman Band, a gig he held for 15 years.

“He has a killer tone…”-Gregg Allman.

Jay also toured in 2010-11 with The Dukes of September, a collective featuring Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, and Michael McDonald, played with Ray LaMontagne, Melissa Etheridge, James Hunter, and lately has been lending his horn talents to the legendary band, Little Feat. In addition, Mr. Collins has serious jazz credentials, including touring and recording stints with Jacky Terrasson, Andrew Hill, and Bobby Sanabria among many others.

His current group, Jay Collins and the Northern Resistance, is composed of the finest young rock and roll players in NY’s Hudson Valley. They are the direct musical descendants of great musicians you know and love.

Their release, “The John Brown EP”, came out in the fall of 2016. For this recording Jay called on his former band-mate from the Gregg Allman group, NYC guitarist Scott Sharrard, as well as the youthful sensation from Woodstock, guitarist and vocalist Connor Kennedy along with the rest of the “Northern Resistance”.

The EP finds Collins singing and playing at the top of his game with 5 songs–short and straight to the point, including his ambitious and historical telling, “John Brown”.