J. Geils

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J. Geils
Geils performing in concert
Background information
Birth name John Warren Geils Jr.
Also known as Jay Geils, J. Geils
Born (1946-02-20) February 20, 1946 (age 70)
New York, New York, United States
Genres Rock, blues, jazz
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1967–present
Labels Arbors Records, Atlantic, EMI America, Rounder
Associated acts The J. Geils Band, Bluestime, New Guitar Summit, Kings Of Strings, The Installers
Notable instruments
Gibson Flying V
Fender Stratocaster
Gibson Les Paul Standard

John Warren Geils Jr. (born February 20, 1946),[1] known professionally as J. Geils, is an American musician.

Early life[edit]

Born in New York City, Geils grew up in Far Hills, New Jersey, where he graduated from Bernards High School.[citation needed] He moved to Massachusetts in 1964 and studied engineering at Northeastern University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.[2]



Geils is primarily known as a blues-rock and jazz guitarist. He was the lead guitarist and founder of The J. Geils Band. He has also recorded with several jazz musicians.


After the band dissolved, Geils founded KTR Motosports, in Ayer, Massachusetts,[3] to service vintage sports cars. He sold the company in 1996, but remains active in it.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Since 1982, Geils has resided in Groton, Massachusetts. The town honored him by proclaiming J. Geils Day on December 1, 2009.[4]

Selected discography[edit]

  • Jay Geils Plays Jazz (Francesca Records) 2003[5]
  • Jay Geils, Gerry Beaudoin and the Kings of Strings, featuring Aaron Weinstein (Arbors Records)[6]
  • Jay Geils Toe Tappin' Jazz (North Star Music) 2009

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ware, Susan (October 21, 2004). "Fame still calls J. Geils". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Berg, Phil (July 9, 2012). "Music & Maseratis". Autoweek. 62 (14): 33. 
  3. ^ "KTR Racing Homepage". Ktrmotorsports.com. Retrieved 2016-05-22. 
  4. ^ Marotta, Michael (November 29, 2009). "Mass. to celebrate Jay Geils Day". The Boston Herald. p. 36. 
  5. ^ "Rock stinks? No, but for Geils, jazz and blues smell sweeter". The Eagle-Tribune. July 7, 2006. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Sarah (July 9, 2006). "Veteran rocker returns to his first love -- jazz". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 8, 2010.