Craggs, Jay

At UW-Whitewater

University - Faculty/Staff
Arts Program Director
Office Phone
(262) 472-5630
Office Location
YA 153

Bachelor of Music: Instrumental Education, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Master of Arts: Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management, Columbia College Chicago.  Follete Full Tuition Graduate Fellowship Recipient.

As a guitarist and composer, Jay has extensive experience as headliner, sideman, and bandleader on thousands of local, regional, national, and international bookings. Jay has worked with, performed, recorded, or opened for a diverse group of jazz, rock, and entertainment notables including:  Bobby Shew, Jeff Tyzik, Wynton Marsalis, Steve Wiest, Paul McKee, Jim Pugh, James Moody, Ritchie Cole, Bob Mintzer, Dennis DiBlasio, Chris Vadalla, Buddy Rich, Steve Houghton, Dave Mancini, Dane Richeson, Ernie Adams, Frank Mantooth, Chic Corea, Russel Ferrante, Alan Holdsworth, Prince, Al DiMeola, Alex Lifeson, Frank Gambale, Adrian Belew, Phil Collen, Paul Pesco, Daryl Stuermer, Vernon Reid, Willie Nelson, Larry Gray, Brian Bromberg, Jimmy Haslip, Jeff Eckls, Yellowjackets, Kansas, Living Color, Rare Silk, Sly and the Family Stone, Rich Little, Lee Meriwether, and many others.

As a sound designer and technical consultant, Jay has worked as with many national acts such as Prince, Adrian Belew (David Bowie Tour, King Crimson), Sean Beresford and Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Paul Pesco (C&C Music, Madonna, Chaka Khan, Steve Winwood, Hall & Oates, Mary J. Blige), Dan Huff (studio legend), Steve Ferris (Mr. Mister.), Mark Roule (TomTom Club, Talking Heads), Al DiMeola, Rush Tour, Lou Reed Tour, and others.

As an Educator Jay has taught at UW-Whitewater and Columbia College Chcago, as well as serving as the Director of the Audio and Music Business program at Madison Media Institute. He has presented clinics, lectures, and performances at Universities and music industry trade shows throughout the U.S., including the Grove School of Music, Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.), Musicians Institute Los Angeles, Full Sail School of the Recording Arts Orlando, University of Nebraska-Omaha, UW-Platteville, Carroll College, North Central College IL, NACA Conferences, various high schools, and music industry trade shows such as NAMM.

Film Credits include soundtrack audio engineering contributions to the 2010 International Emmy Award winner “The World According to Ion B", an HBO Romania documentary.  Album credits for performing or engineering include Play On by Retrobeast (Earth Island Records, 2005), Better Way, by Dyad (Stoic, 2003), Cloud Faktory by Retrobeast (Earth Island Records, 2003) Sophisticated Lady by Frank Mantooth (SeaBreeze, 1995), Stain by Living Colour (Epic,1993), Hal Leonard instructional books/CD's, and producer and engineering credits on many regional and local artist CD projects. Jay's first solo album, "Land Ho" (Stoic, 1994), featured pianist Frank Mantooth, bassist Larry Gray, trumpeter Jeff Tyzik, drummer Dave Mancini, and Jay's original music.

Classes Taught
Graduate: Introduction to Music Technology for Educators
Undergraduate: Private Applied Guitar, Class Guitar, Audio I: Fundamentals of Audio, Audio II: Advanced Audio Techniques, Audio III: Studio Production, MIDI Techniques, Intro to Multimedia, Fundamentals of Electronic Media, Programming for Electronic Media,  Introduction to Public Speaking, New Student Seminar, Communication Department Senior Project Supervision

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