In 1995, Jay was a founding member of Orchesta Klave Y Kongo, a group that specialized in performing the traditional form of Cuban music known as Son Montuno. The band became renowned for their dedication to authenticity, with Jay taking a front and center role playing the “tres”, a type of guitar from Cuba very different from his usual instrument.
Latin music has been a very big part of Jay’s life. In 2005 he shared the stage with salsa legend Oscar D’Leon at Massey Hall, and has performed with members of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club,
including the late Compay Segundo and Jay’s musical idol, Eliades Ochoa.
He has also played with members of Cuban bands Sierra Maestra, Los Van Van, and The Afro-Cuban All-Stars.
In 2004 Jay was a founding member of the traditional jazz group The Hogtown Syncopators. With some of the best local jazz musicians in their lineup, including Drew Jureka (violin), Richard Whiteman (piano), and Terra Hazelton (vocals), this group has recorded an album and holds a weekly residency at The Rex hotel in Toronto.
In 2009 Jay appeared on the Juno winning (blues album of the year) “Ramblin' Son” with Julian Fauth.
Jay now leads his own band "The Jay Danley Ethiojazz Project", that plays Jay's original compositions in the style of Ethiojazz.
Jay continues to play in several distinguished jazz and latin bands and currently resides in Toronto.