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Jay Migliori

Jay Migliori

born on 14/11/1930 in Erie, PA, United States

died on 2/9/2001 in Mission Viejo, CA, United States

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Jay Migliori

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Jay Migliori

Jay Migliori (November 14, 1930 - September 2, 2001) was an American saxophonist, best known as a founding member of Supersax, a tribute band to Charlie Parker.


Migliori started playing the saxophone after he received one as a birthday present at the age of twelve. He attended a music school in St. Louis, and after serving in the Air Force, went to the Berklee College of Music.

He made his first recording in 1955, and soon joined up with Woody Herman's band. After leaving the band, he would then move to Los Angeles, where he became a session musician playing on an estimated 4,000 commercial recordings. Some artists he recorded with include The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, Onzy Matthews, Maynard Ferguson, and many more. He also played live with thousands of musicians including Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.[1]

In 1972, he would become a member of Supersax, a nine-piece band (featuring five saxophones)that was started by saxophonist Med Flory and bassist Buddy Clark. He, along with Warne Marsh, played tenor sax in the band and Carl Fontana, Frank Rosolino (trombone). The group won a Grammy in 1974.

In 2001, he died of colon cancer.[2]


With Nat Adderley

  • Double Exposure (Prestige, 1975)

With Gene Ammons

  • Brasswind (Prestige, 1974)

With The Beach Boys

  • All Summer Long (Capitol, 1964)
  • The Beach Boys Today! (Capitol, 1965)
  • Pet Sounds (Capitol, 1966)
  • 15 Big Ones (Brother/Reprise, 1976)
  • Love You (Brother, 1977)

With The Byrds

  • Younger Than Yesterday (Columbia, 1967)
  • The Notorious Byrd Brothers (Columbia, 1968)

With Dick Dale

  • Summer Surf (Capitol, 1964)

With Neil Diamond

  • Tap Root Manuscript (Uni, 1970)

With Hampton Hawes

  • Northern Windows (Prestige, 1974)

With Harry Nilsson

  • Sandman (RCA Victor, 1976)

With Van Dyke Parks

  • Song Cycle (Warner Bros., 1968)

With Neil Young

  • Journey Through the Past (Reprise, 1972)

With Frank Zappa

  • Zappa Wazoo (Vaulternative, 2007)
  • One Shot Deal (Zappa, 2008)


  1. Yanow, Scott. [Jay Migliori at All Music Guide Jay Migliori Biography]. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved on 20 November 2012.
  2. McLellan, Dennis, Jay Migliori, 70; Key Member of Supersax, 7 September 2001.
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