A wonderful time working with award-winning Swiss portrait photographer Marco Grob, who took my photo for a Credit Suisse ad campaign. This photo has been featured on Billboards all over Switzerland. Marco has photographed celebrities such as President Obama, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth, Sandra Bullock, Buzz Aldrin, Bill and Hillary Clinton, David Lynch, Elton John, and Uma Thurman, to name a few. Hes Worked for magazines like Time, New York Magazine, Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Elle, and Cosmopolitan. His advertising clients include Walt Disney Studios, Warner Brothers, Tag Heuer, Adidas, BBC, Nike, and Louis Vuitton.
A sexy electric reinvention of a classic comedy of rebellion, love, freedom, and redemption, VERY VERY is a new musical experience created by Jay Leibowitz, Zac Lasher, and Jason King Jones that turns Shakespeare's As You Like It into a full-out rock concert.
More at VeryVeryRockShow.com
With over 300,000 hits on YouTube alone, Shakespeare's Who's on First has become an online sensation.
Photos by Covington Portraits
"Whenever Jay Leibowitz calls, I come running! Pianos was packed for this show and I’m so happy that I was able to make it to NYC for this one. Jay and his band bring a no-holds-barred excitement to a show. They have fun rocking the f*ck out and I simply adore everything that Jay puts together!"
- Ashly Covington, Rock Photographer
Matt Freeman's Why We Left Brooklyn is a night in the life of the recession-era bourgeoisie: ambitious, aging, evangelically ethical, and heartbroken. These are the children of the divorce explosion and the Reagan revolution, now navigating their own marriages, livelihoods, and sputtering dreams. This production is directed by Kyle Ancowitz and features a stellar cast, including: Rebecca Davis, David DelGrosso, Amanda Jones, Jay Leibowitz, Sarah Lippmann, Susan Louise O’Connor, Andrew Schwartz, Imran Sheikh Moira Stone, and Matthew Trumbull.
New York Magazine CRITIC'S PICK!
Jay Leibowitz is an actor, musician, writer, and producer based in Brooklyn. He's performed in ten seasons with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey since 1999 in critically acclaimed productions of Comedy of Errors, Tempest, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Around The World In Eighty Days, Grapes of Wrath, and more. Jay is also an alumni of The Acting Company's 2008 US Tour of The Tempest and Orson Welles' Moby Dick Rehearsed. Jay is the primary author of Who Doth Inhabit the Primary Position? (AKA Shakespeare's Who's On First). After independently releasing Pedestrian Life, his first independent solo rock album in 2012, Jay co-created, produced, and performed in a staged concert reading sponsored by the Gibson Guitar Company's NYC Showroom of Very Very, a new rock musical based on Shakespeare's As You Like It.
Over ten seasons with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey since 1999 in critically acclaimed productions of Comedy of Errors, Tempest, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Around The World In Eighty Days, Grapes of Wrath, and more. Jay is also an alumni of The Acting Company's 2008 US Tour of The Tempest and Orson Welles' Moby Dick Rehearsed.
November 15, 2013
Returned with the band to the Grand Victory in Brooklyn a year after our record release show and packed the place. We turned up pretty loud and shook the place. Thanks to Boy Morgan, Moot Davis, The Trembling Turncoats, and everyone who made it out that night.
Photos by David K. Browning
Apr 20, 2013
Duke's Band from Very Very Rock Show making our debut at Gibson NYC's legendary Hit Factory Studio 6. What a rare honor to perform in the room where Springsteen made Born In The USA, Paul Simon made Graceland, Michael Jackson mad Bad, John and Yoko made Double Fantasy, Stevie Wonder made Songs In The Key Of Life, Talking Heads made Fear Of Music, and The Stones did Emotional Rescue.
Dreams come true.
Photos by Ashly Covington
March 5th, 2013
Jason King Jones called me in April 2012 with an idea to turn Shakespeare's As You Like It into a rock concert.
"That could be really bad," I told him on the phone. Jason laughed. "I know. That's why I called you. I thought you could help me make it good." Jason and I talked for a while and I got off the phone inspired, with an idea for how to approach the adaptation.
I wrote the music for one of the songs and called him back. "Hey man. I could write this whole thing and it would be .... alright. But, if we really want it to be great, I think I should ask Zac to write the songs with me."
Zac Lasher and I had been friends since we went to Emerson College together. We'd been living together in Brooklyn, after I'd moved in with him two years earlier to start working on my solo record, Pedestrian Life. We'd just finished the record when Jason called the first time.
Zac said yes and we spent the next year of our lives writing Very Very together under Jason's guidance.
Then we put a concert reading together on March 4th, 2013 at the Gibson Guitar Company's NYC Showroom with some of the most talented people we know for about three hundred industry guests.
The response was positively overwhelming.
Full Gallery Here
More at VeryVeryRockShow.com
Mar 15, 2013
An intimate set with Vin Stanton in NYC's East Village.
Photos by David K. Browning
November 12th, 2012
An incredible night with an incredible band and an amazing crowd at The Grand Victory in Brooklyn, NY. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen.
A groundbreaking new short film from www.DrunkTalkShow.com creators James Blood and Brett Scieszka. English is the story of a social gathering gone horribly awry, where booze flows and barbs fly as a college student and his girlfriend visit with a duplicitous professor. The arrival of a mysterious stranger leads to revelations of betrayal and revenge.
The film, starring Sean Hudock, Laura Killeen, Jay Leibowitz and Michael Barringer was shot on the RED Scarlet at Bravo Studios in New York. Artist Jim Campbell has illustrated the backgrounds, giving the film an added level of visual sophistication and uniqueness.
Best Ensemble, Best Director, and Best Narrative Feature
Chain NYC Film Festival.
San Antonio Film Festival
A powerful yet hilarious film about grief, loneliness, and loss from the brilliant Richard Lovejoy and Jonathan Scott Chin at http://www.CharredOakFilms.com/. Had one hell of a crazy overnight shoot performing this nice little cameo as "DJ Fly". Check out the trailer and go to http://TheWidowers.com/ for info about upcoming screenings.
Hailed as a "sexy, erudite farce" (CriticalRant.com), THE BEAST IN MY PANTS is a wildly exhilarating new comedy from rising playwright Jonathan Kravetz that follows the romantic vicissitudes of six outrageous characters: Marlon, an innocent flasher, who loves Pam; she loves the arrogant psychotherapist Adam Applebaum, because she can only love a genius. Applebaum loves Steve, the cop, who wants to win his wife’s affections. But Flame, Steve’s wife, can only love men who don’t respect her. Marlon's mother, the homicidal Mrs. Rivington tries to protect her son from the world. The Beast rules all.
Audiences have raved and now, following several successful workshops and industry readings of rising playwright Jonathan Kravetz's riotous new comedy The Beast in My Pants - most recently in two presentations at the Creative Center at Manhattan Theatre Club directed by Jessi D. Hill and featuring three-time Drama Desk Nominee, two-time Outer Critics Circle nominee, two-time Drama League nominee and "Legend of Off Broadway" award winner Julie Halston, Patrick Kerr, Helen Hayes nominee Chris Dinolfo, Jay Leibowitz, Jenniffer Diaz and Elaine Stenson - the play will make its triumphant world premiere on stage in New York City in 2015, presented by The Wild Root Company.
More at http://www.wildroot.org/ and www.jonathankravetz.com
Zac Lasher and I came to Mayer Schwartz's CastleBraid in Bushwick, Brooklyn on New Year's Eve of 2010. Zac had been over at the McKibbin lofts for years, living in his band's (U-Melt) recording studio. I joined him for a few months to begin tracking my record, Pedestrian Life, which Zac was producing. After a few months, we both wanted a change. We wanted to be someplace where we could live and work with a real community of artistic professionals. We found CastleBraid and everything changed. When we moved in, the place was half-full and the community was just beginning to form. Suddenly, we were inspired by the space and the people around us in a way that neither of us had experienced before in NYC. The community was rich with the talent, resources, and a kind of enthusiasm that we both craved as collaborative artists. We met the amazing Vin Stanton, who tracked the guitar solo on the title track of my record. Vin also became my own personal trainer. We met the multitalented Dan McNaney, who tracked bass on eight of the ten tracks on my record. We collaborated on all sorts of projects with our neighbors in our great home studio, tracked drums with Damon Dorsey downstairs in Rad Studio, all the while working and living in a beautifully curated and wistfully energizing environment. When it came time to form my band, all the guys but one lived in the building. At Castlebraid, Zac and I spent many long nights over the course of a year developing Very Very, our new Shakespeare Rock Show, working out our ideas on the roof and in the courtyard. Living and working at CastleBraid was an incredible experience and we'll always be proud to have been a part of it's beginnings.
Zac Lasher and I were stoked to have been asked to open FGP's Birthday Show with a bunch of tunes from Very Very. The crowd was out of this world and the show, hosted by Taylor Clark, was an absolute blast! Thanks to Vin Stanton for lending his guitar to our tunes.
Fresh Ground Pepper provides New York City artists with opportunities for growth and experimentation at monthly curated events all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. FGP has played host to artists working in almost every medium including theater, film, comedy, dance, music, visual art, media art, burlesque, puppetry and even athletics.
More about FGP at freshgroundpeppernyc.com.
Photo by Avery McCarthy
A splendid time working with my college mate, Jeffrey Emerson, on the beginning of this really cool play by John Newman and directed lightening fast by Hondo Weiss-Richmond. Presented by The New York New Works Theatre Festival.
Two estranged friends lock horns as one tries to convince the other to join him for a desperate intervention attempt on another old mate -- all in the hopes of derailing or at least disrupting what is clearly a drug-fueled endgame.
Written during super-storm Sandy, shot over Thanksgiving with the hilarious Rebecca Harris, and edited by New Year's Eve 2013, this industrial series parodies those famous Mac Vs. PC ads for an internal IT upgrade at one of the world's biggest law firms.
This one is my favorite.
View them all here.
Sep 4, 2012
RiffRaf’s Indie Spotlight sheds light on talented indie artists around the world who create music, record and tour without the support of a major label or financial backing. Alex Wong, Guy Forsyth, Kath Buckell, Chapman, Jem Warren, The Active Set, Joanne Weaver, and Birdeatsbaby are just a few of the diverse artists who have been featured in the “Spotlight.”
Today, we’d like to introduce you to guitar slinging Jay Leibowitz and his debut album, Pedestrian Life.
Zac Lasher and I had a great time debuting some of our tunes from Very Very with our friends at the Deconstructive Theatre Project in Bushwick. Check out this video of us doing "Oblivion and Everything" from the show.
The Deconstructive Theatre Project is a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit ensemble performance laboratory that exists to devise and premiere new multidisciplinary work. The company is dedicated to producing performances that experiment with the relationships between theatrical vocabularies, content, and form and to providing broad community access to its process and productions.
More about DTP at deconstructivetheatreproject.org.
Produced by Brent Popolizio, I had an absolute blast voicing "Scumberg" and "Fish" for this insane animated pilot - Jersey Fresh - starring Nathan Phillips and Joe Schiappa.
Recorded at LOTAS Studios in NYC.
May 15th, 2012
During this milestone 50th anniversary season, STNJ celebrates many achievements, past and present, and honor many of the people and organizations who have helped us reach this landmark in our history; but no group of people deserves a warmer spotlight than our extraordinary family of artists, who over the years, have been the primary purveyors of the great works of literature that we bring to life each season. Each day of this year, from the first day of rehearsal for the first show of the season, to the last day of our final show, we will highlight one of our company artists and their specific achievements here at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. As they accumulate, you can go to the special calendar link and revisit any of the profiles in the large array of incredible artists who grace the “wooden O’s” of our amazing institution.
Working on Joe Discher's production of Grapes of Wrath was one of those rare experiences where the work was truly bigger than each of us. The production was stunning and it was an honor to be a part of.
More about the production here.
Wonderful fun with good friends adjudicating at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's annual Shakespearience!
Learn more at ShakepeareNJ.org
Damon and Josh - the maniac audiophiles over at radstudiobrooklyn.com where we recorded Jack Fantastic's drums on Pedestrian Life - hired me on this this crazy promotional stunt tape. This material was sent out on tape each with an individual vintage walkman to media outlets all over NYC. And it's hilarious.
Songs from Pedestrian Life featured in One Fall - a powerful film about a man who is both blessed and cursed with an unusual power after miraculously surviving a terrible fall from a cliff. Written, directed by, and starring my good friend Marcus Dean Fuller of compass-entertainment.com.
Joseph Beuerlein and I made our triumphant return to the the Manhattan Theatre Source TestoGenius Festival in 2011 in Jonathan Kravetz's sequel to the 2010 fest favorite "Get Bruised" alongside Susan Maris and Nick Palladino and we simply slayed them. Leah Bonvissuto directed.
Hilarious time with hilarious people in the hilarious Beau Jest at Gulfshore Playhouse. #dayenu
Wonderful experience working with Louis CK on the Season One finale of his critically acclaimed FX show. My lines were cut from the last few minutes for story reasons, but I had a blast working with him and the hilarious Ted Alexandro. It's a great episode.
What a special honor to meet and work with the brilliant and hilarious Christopher Moore alongside my friends at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey on this special performance of excerpts from his New York Times Best Seller, "Fool". Directed by Joe Discher, and featuring Christian Conn, Howard Sherman, Clark Carmichael, Erin Partin, Carolyn Koslowski, Jessica Ires Morris, Richard Borg, and Pearce Bunting. Moore's special blend of humor, storytelling, and his fans made this event one I'll never forget.
Audio of the evening is here.
A lifelong dream fulfilled on the road with America's oldest and most respected touring company. So proud to have been a part of this incredible company's tour of Orson Welles' Moby Dick Rehearsed directed by Casey Biggs and an innovative Shakespeare's Tempest directed by Davis McCallum.
So proud to have had the opportunity to produce, direct, and edit the one and only Broderick "Jigsaw" Jones in five made-to-order episodes of his groundbreaking web series - Jigsw TV - for AT&T's Tech Channel. Shot, lit, and recorded by the talented Justin Newman.
Watch the rest of the limited edition run here.
Check out the entire series here.
WINNER 2006 Evil City Film Festival Audience Award - OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2006 Garden State Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives New Filmmakers, Jigsaw Film Fiesta, 2007 Brainwash Film Festival, 2008 Ballston Spa Film Festival. Directed and Edited by Jay Leibowitz.
A band named after a street where a house that was a whole scene became an entire creative chapter of my life. We rocked one glorious night along with Erin Gould's Echo at Crash Mansion. Friends came out in a snowstorm to hear live the demos that would become Pedestrian Life. I'm forever grateful to Pete Martinez, Pete McCullough, Cedric Lamar and most of all, Erin Gould, for the gig that changed everything.
Winner Top Ten Best of the 2005 NYC Midnight Run. Best Actress Amy Portenlanger co-stars with Brett Sullivan Santry and Phil Napolitano. With his intelligence and the help of a stranger, a captive plans his escape. Created in 24 Hours for the 2005 NYC Midnight Run. Directed and edited by Jay Leibowitz. The theme we were given was "Spare Change" - here's what we came up with.
Produced and Directed by David Warren and Larry Rowan, I helped create and write the "SI Guy" spots which aired on TBS and ESPN during the 2002 NBA Championships.
Dave and Larry called me on a recommendation from Bonnie Monte at STNJ and asked for a demo reel. Since I didn't have anything to show them, I went home and painted my face and talked to my mini DV camera for about an hour. I cut it down to 30 seconds with music and put it on my website for them to check out. The next morning, Dave called to offer me the job. The studio in Chinatown looked just like my room at my parents' house and that's my actual varsity jacket back there on the rack! #gofalcons
Performing Jenny Lewis and Elvis Costello's Carpetbaggers with the fabulous Erin Partin.