The Hastings Jazz Collective



The Hastings Jazz Collective is a group of five world-class jazz musicians that just happen to be close friends and all live in the Rivertowns right outside of New York City. Started in 2008 by music director, composer and pianist, David Janeway, the band was intended to be a collective group with each member contributing to the musical repertoire. The group is composed of Jay Azzolina on guitar, Tim Armacost on saxophones and flute, David Janeway on piano, Harvie S on bass and Ron Vincent on drums. They have worked for years together in various combinations and projects as leaders and sidemen but decided to pool their talents to create a working band.

They have recorded and appeared with some of the most well known artists in the field of jazz and contemporary music including Pat Metheny, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, Spiro Gira, Ray Barretto, Paquito D'Rivera, the Supremes, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Phil Woods, Kenny Barron and many others. Their music spans the range, from straight ahead jazz to fusion to arrangements of popular contemporary standards such as "Blackbird", which appears on their current CD, "Shadows". The music is fresh, innovative and always evolving. Janeway states that besides wanting to create a working band made up of friends and great musicians, "this was an opportunity to create a composer's workshop, where the composer has this band in mind when developing new material."


TIM ARMACOST: In a career spanning 25 years, Tim Armacost has amassed an impressive array of credits, releasing eight albums as a leader, two of which features his regular quartet with Bruce Barth, Ray Drummond and Billy Hart. He has toured througout the world and has played on 40 records as a sideman. Mr. Armacost is a member of the cooperative group, NY Standards Quartet, and co-leads the Brooklyn Big Band, for which he composes and arranges. After 20 years on the road, he decided recently to return to teaching. He completed a Masters Degree in Jazz Composition at Queens College, joined the faculty of the Jamie Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop in the summer of 2006, and is active giving improvisation master classes at universities throughout the US, Japan and Europe.

(Tim Armacost uses Rico Reeds and AMT Microphones)

 JAY AZZOLINA is a Grammy nominated guitarist who draws heavily from jazz and blues. Since moving to New York in the early 80's by way of The Berklee College of Music, Jay has worked and recorded with a vast array of musicians spanning multiple musical styles. His colleagues include John Patitucci, Michael Franks, Harvie S, Tim Ries, Michael Brecker, Chuck Mangione, Spyro Gyra, Herbie Mann, Michael Urbaniak, Kenny Werner, Ricky Lee Jones and the Manhattan Transfer. In 1995 Jay received a MFA in composition from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, SUNY. Jay has recorded four CD's of original compositions under his own name. His most current CD, Local Dialect, features John Patitucci, Greg Hutchinson, Cyro Baptista, Tim Ries and Larry Goldings.

DAVID JANEWAY, grew up in Detroit and was heavily influenced by Motown and local jazz musicians such as Marcus Belgrave and Harold McKinney before moving to New York in 1978. Janeway studied with the late Albert Dailey and performed with many Latin Jazz and mainstream jazz artists during this period including The Supremes, Art Farmer, Angel Canales and Sabor, Michal Urbaniak, Jr. Cook, Tom Harrell, Valery Ponomarev, Dakota Staton, and many others. He recorded his first LP as a leader, Entry Point, in 1986 which featured Bob Berg, Steve Berrios, Marcus Belgrave and many others. In the early 90's he recorded "Inside Out" on Timeless Records, his second as a leader which featured Sonny Fortune and Billy Hart. His third entitled, "Excursion" on New Directions, features Janeway in a trio setting with Harvie S and Steve Davis. He has performed extensively in the New York City club scene from the late 70's to the present as well as the Detroit Jazz Festival, The Jazz Forum Arts Summer Jazz Festival and other clubs and venues throughout the US and Europe. 

HARVIE S, composer, arranger, bassist, educator and producer is continually challenging himself and his peers, expanding the borders of musical direction. He has performed and recorded with Stan Getz, Ray Baretto, Michael Brecker, Paquito D'Rivera, Gil Evans, Chick Corea, Dexter Gordon, Mark Turner, Jim Hall, Lee Konitz, Dave Leibman, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Paul Motion, Arturo O'Farrill, Danilo Perez, Tom Harrell, Zoot Sims, Toots Thielemans, Mike Stern, Tony Bennett, Phil Woods and countless others. He can be heard on over three hundred CDs as a sideman, co-leader and leader. His most recent CD release is "Too Late Now" in a trio with Bill Charlap. His previous two releases are "Cocolamus Bridge" on Blue Bamboo Records and "Now Was The Time" with pianist Kenny Barron on High Note records. Harvie S c o-led a bass and voice duo with legend Sheila Jordan for 14 years and toured the world. In addition to his performance career, Harvie S is an active educator. Since 1984 he has been a Professor of Jazz Bass and Ensemble at Manhattan School of Music for both undergraduate and graduate divisions.


RON VINCENTdrums, is a native of Warwick, Rhode Island. Ron moved to Boston, MA. in 1969 to attend the renowned Berklee College of Music, graduating with a BA in Music Education in 1973. After touring the U.S. with a variety of jazz groups, and three years in Kansas City (79-82), Ron settled in New York City in 1982. Since then, Ron has become a veteran of the New York City jazz scene. Working often as a sideman, Ron has been on labels such as GRP, Concord and Palmetto records, the latter where he has been producer as well as co-producer for a number of projects.Ron was a member of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet and Mr. Mulligan’s Re-Birth of the Cool Tentet from 1989 until Mr. Mulligan’s passing in 1996. He recorded four CD’s with Mr. Mulligan and has also recorded with Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker, Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Charlap, John Lewis, and Slide Hampton to name a few. Ron has appeared with such notables as Art Farmer, Karrin Allyson, Jimmy Heath, Rob McConnell, Rufus Reid and Dr. Billy Taylor. As a leader, his own trio and quartet are active in the New York City area and his quartet has toured the U.S. and Europe.