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.

Jay Migliori
Born(1930-11-14)November 14, 1930
Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedSeptember 2, 2001(2001-09-02) (aged 70)
Mission Viejo, California, U.S.
Associated acts


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]

Selected discographyEdit

With Nat Adderley

With Gene Ammons

With The Beach Boys

With The Byrds

With Dick Dale

With Neil Diamond

With Hampton Hawes

With Harry Nilsson

With Van Dyke Parks

With Neil Young

With Frank Zappa


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Jay Migliori Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  2. ^ McLellan, Dennis (7 September 2001). "Jay Migliori, 70; Key Member of Supersax". Los Angeles Times.

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