Professor Weik is an associate lecturer at the University of Toledo, where he joined the faculty in 2006.  He is the leader of the Zen Arts Ensemble, a member of Crosscurrents which released their first recording in 2012  which features Gunnar Mossblad, Tad Weed, Norm Damchroder and Olman Piedra..  He and has also performed with Vic Juris, Jon Hendricks, Gene Perla, Gary Peacock, Claude Black and others.  In 2013, Jon Hendricks composed lyrics to two of Jays jazz compositions - "Watz for Isabella" and "He's Not Gone." and in 2012 was a featured performing artist at the Jazz Education Network Conference.

In 2007 he  performed and recorded John Coltrane's opus "A Love Supreme" with John Hendricks and the University of Toledo Jazz Faculty. This performance received positive review by noted Jazz scholar and critic Ashley Kahn.  Jay also plays the Shakuhachi (Japanese Bamboo Flute) which he has studied with Michael Chikuzen Gould Sensei.  He has performed with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, is a frequent highlight at Crystals in Toledo and has performed as guest soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.

He is the internationally published author of two Mel Bay Books 'Daily Dexterity Studies for the Guitarist' and 'Daily Sight Reading Studies for the Guitarist."  He is a recording artist and composer, is featured on “One Way Ticket” on the Dharma Communications label.

In 1977 Jay began studying the guitar, and in 1987 he won the Jim Hall Jazz Masters Scholarship Award and relocated to Boston.  After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1990, he went on to earn a Masters Degree with academic honors in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory in 1992, and has studied extensively with Jerry BergonziMick Goodrick and Charlie Banacos.  He was a Boston based studio guitarist and worked with producer Miguel Pessoa. Jay has taught music at several New England area colleges, and has a full private guitar lesson studio.  

Jay is a Sadowsky Artist and has played Sadowsky guitars exclusively since 1992.  



"Jay is such an amazing improvisor it is always fun to play and share the joy of music with him."                                     
                        - Vic Juris