Dave Jay: Songwriter. Performer. Storyteller. Characters for kids & adults.
Dave Jay's Kids Show:
Dave Jay's award-winning children's show is comprised of fun, often character-driven original music and a few "Dave Jay-ified" classics.
He uses a guitar, vocals, schtick, and an ability to comically play off of what's going on in the moment, creating a captivating performance that entertains children of all ages.
A Dave Jay performance is always very interactive and the kids will laugh, sing, think, shout and dance the whole way through.
In fact, he has been known to thoroughly entertain adults as well, because his material always aims high.
"You gave us such a gift! We all had such a great time laughing, learning and listening to you play guitar and sing! You're the best!" –Jodi Ader, 3rd Grade Special Education Teacher, P.S. 38, Brooklyn, NY
"We LOVED Dave Jay. His delightful, colorful show was a hit!" –Beverly Ellman, Director, United Cerebral Palsy, NYC
"Dave has a sensitive insight into the needs of these special children." –Natalie Postelnek, Program Director, Special Kids Intervention Program
* Appearances as Santa Claus & other costumed characters
* Personalized Character-driven Singing Telegrams
* Custom & Personalized Songs
* Dave Jay-i-fied Kids Song Classics
* Funny Characters
* Interactive Stories
* Face Painting
* Magic Tricks
Dave Jay's Costume/Singing Telegram List:
* Santa Claus
* Cupid Guy
* Navy Guy/"Popeye the Sailor" (and I do a great impression, too)
* Sinatra Guy
* The Beatles
* Broadway Guy (Tuxedo/Top Hat/Gloves)
* Police Officer
* (Out of Shape) Boxer
* Chicken Guy
* Extremely Serious Business Man
* Caballero/Mariachi Man
And, if you don't see what you'd like on the list, please feel free to inquire! I can do lots of voices and get creative coming up with what you need!
Dave Jay's Bio.:
Dave Jay, a multi-talented writer and performer who creates original music and comedy for kids and adults, began doing impressions and character voices at age 6, and writing songs at age 9, imagining himself to be the 5th Monkee–that is, until he heard The Beatles!
Having completed a critically acclaimed run of "johnpaulgeorgeringo", (Dave Jay's impromptu, interactive, unique one man Beatles tribute in which he smoothly morphs between the four characterizations), in the New York International Fringe Festival – selected "Outstanding Solo Show", a successful run at the world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, England during "Beatles Week" and continued success as part of The FringeNYC Encore Series, Dave Jay also wowed audiences at the renowned off-Broadway theater, SOHO Playhouse, Times Square's HA! Comedy Club, and the legendary B.B. King Blues Bar, plus as a special guest in The Frigid Theater Festival, all in NYC. Dave Jay has also performed the show in Louisville, KY as part of the world's largest Beatles-inspired festival, Abbey Road On the River.
Whether charming national television audiences on ABC-TV's The View as their "Original Song Contest Winner", or writing music licensed by MTV for The Osbournes, as well as other shows, Dave Jay injects his original brand of upbeat, melodic, clever, lyric-driven, jazz-tinged pop/rock music into every performance. Having played at clubs, bars, parties, theaters, festivals, book stores, mental facilities, schools, and hospitals throughout the tri-state area, in the past several years he has logged hundreds of performances along the eastern seaboard, from New England to Key West, FL, including electric, unplugged, solo and group concerts.
In addition to writing and producing original educational songs for Ignite!Learning, whose animated shorts are used in the classroom setting, Dave Jay has created The Punctualtion People and One Minute Autobiography, his own line of "Insightful Entertainment" music videos designed to teach kids in a fun way–not unlike perennial favorites Schoolhouse Rock and Sesame Street. Dave Jay has also released Balloon to the Moon, his CD of original, character-driven, upbeat children's music, (also recorded with Monachello), selling out twice at Books of Wonder, New York City's largest independent children's book store.
Dave Jay performs for kids of all ages, including special needs shows for kids and adults, through organizations such as The Starlight Foundation, Hospital Audiences, Inc., Music That Heals, United Cerebral Palsy, Brooklyn Services for Autistic Citizens, and Musicians On Call, as well as many others.
Other honors include: Finalist in The Connecticut Comedy Festival (which aired on PBS), and "Special Guest Performer" in Shure Microphone's Best Singer/Songwriter in New York Competition.
Dave Jay Gerstein (Guitar/Vocals)