The creator of the “JAZZ FUNK” style. Jay T. Jenkins trained as a musician in piano, trumpet and voice; He studied with Joe and Delores Benjamin - Joe having played with Duke Ellington. As a dancer he trained with Phil Black in Jazz and William Chaison (Alvin Ailey) and Joan Palladino for Modern.
Jay T has developed a choreographic movement vocabulary that combines classical and stylized jazz, modern, tap & funk/hip hop and named it “JAZZ FUNK”. He choreographs in feature films, industrials, music videos and recording artist’s concert tours. He has worked with Prince, Salt N’ Pepa, Kool Moe Dee, Cyndi Lauper, Jennifer Lopez, Color Me Badd and many others. Currently, he is one of the choreographers for the “New Electric Company.“ He attributes his success in staging movement for musicians without detracting from their playing live to his own experiences as a musician. He has choreographed concert pieces for Ohio State University, Princeton University, Montclair State Unitversity, DeSales University, Bolles Dance Theater ( Florida) and many others.
Jay T is recognized around the world for his style - he was the first American to tour Siberia, Russia to teach Jazz Funk, classic Jazz, Musical Theater and Hip Hop. He has taught in Egypt, Malaysia, Moscow, Cyprus, Paris, Italy, Zurich, Osaka and Tokyo. He recently returned from teaching in Cairo and Rwanda, where he was a consultant on the development of the Countrys’ new Arts Council, as well as teaching for the Joffrey Ballet in New York and Miami. He is in constant demand in the States both commercially and for Colleges and Performing Arts Schools, teaching a variety of styles.
His in-depth knowledge of classic jazz, musical theater and as one of the creators in hip hop have allowed Jay T to choreograph and teach in all venues; from the classroom to the concert stage, from the studio to the soundstage, Jay T continues sharing his experiences with both the student and the professional. His versatility is rarely found and always appreciated.