Jay Rattman, 23, from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania maintains an active schedule as a freelance woodwind artist, creative musician, composer and arranger in and around New York City. |
At an early age he was mentored by saxophone greats Phil Woods and David Liebman. He received bachelor’s degree in three years in addition to a master’s degree in alto saxophone performance from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Dick Oatts, Steve Slagle, Steve Wilson, Joe Temperley, David Krakauer and John Riley.
He has performed in venues as varied as Jazz @ Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Smalls Jazz Club, the Mercury Lounge, the Bitter End, and numerous jazz venues in Pennsylvania including the Deer Head Inn and the Celebration of the Arts (COTA) jazz festival, in addition to appearing with Nellie McKay’s Aristocrats on the National Public Radio show “The Sound of Young America” taped live at WNYC.
He gigs on occassion with Bob Dorough, the originator of “School House Rock” in addition to having performed with musicians as drastically varied as David Liebman, Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians, and the José Limón Dance Company. He can be heard playing bass clarinet on vibraphonist Stefon Harris’s Grammy-nominated CD, “Urbanus.” Rattman is a member of the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet, Drew Nugent’s Midnight Society, the Manhattan Klezmer Band, and Phil Woods’s Festival Orchestra. His talents have been recognized by the NFAA ARTS awards and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards