Born and raised in rural Wisconsin, Jeff has been drumming for 35 years. He spent his childhood listening to eclectic music, turned onto the rock, pop and jazz icons of the day by his older sibling. “I saw the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers in second grade, thanks to my brother,” he recalls fondly. “I started playing in bands in high school and haven’t had a real job since I was 23. I moved down to Miami in the 80's and was schooled by Eddie Harris. Later on, I toured with Expose, Julio Iglesias and the Bee Gees. The best fun was my Dead cover band, The Zen Tricksters.

In ’94, I had a friend who knew Ian Pai (original Blue Man Group drummer) and I got an audition as the Blue Man back-up drummer. I got the gig when we opened in Boston and had a blast there for two years. When the show went to Chicago, I made the move.” Jeff sits on the kit, providing the pulse behind the Blue Men and has a voice in the musical direction of all the Blue Man shows.


VIDEO INTERVIEW:

 

 Jeff Quay: Blue Man Behind the Scenes
  Get an exclusive behind the scenes look at Blue Man Group and hear about how Jeff go his start in the production

 


Check out what Jeff is using with the Blue Man Group:
Rod Morgenstein (SRM)
Combines a 5B and a 2B. Full shoulder for endurance.
L = 16 1/8", Dia. = .610"
SD12 Swizzle G
An SD1 General with a hard, spun felt ball attached to the butt end. Ideal for fast changes on cymbals.
L=16 5/8", Dia.=.635", Felt ball = 1 1/4" x 1"
RUTE 505
This model is a cross between our Rock Rake and the original Rute. A great choice for light jazz and combo playing. With thirty-one plastic bristles (.094") secured in a vinyl handle.
L=15", Handle thickness = .690"

 


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