Jay Bellerose

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Jay Bellerose
BornMaine, U.S.
GenresRock, pop, folk
Associated acts

Jay Bellerose is an American drummer and percussionist known primarily for his session and live performance work. He has contributed to the work of many well-known artists.


Bellerose is a native of Maine.[1] A jazz enthusiast, he attended the Berklee College of Music where he worked with Paula Cole, Torsten de Winkel and others, and eventually ended up in Los Angeles where he was part of Joe Henry's band.[2]

Bellerose has been influenced by blues and jazz,and his sound is in part derived from his vintage 1940s Slingerland Rolling Bomber kit.[3] Bellerose often performs with shakers strapped to his ankles.[4] He often uses a shallow 32-inch bass drum.[5]

Bellerose is a member of the Band of Sweethearts, which includes Brad Meinerding (guitar), Eric Heywood (pedal steel guitar), and Bellerose's long-time partner, Jennifer Condos (bass). They frequently accompany Over the Rhine and other artists.[6]

Bellerose performed on the 2007 Raising Sand album by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss and supported them on tour in 2008.[4]


With Larry Goldings and David Piltch

  • 2014: Music from the Front Room (Sticky Mack)

With Adam Levy

  • 2016: Blueberry Blonde (self–released)

With Dennis Brennan

  • 1995: Jack in the Pulpit (Rounder)
  • 1997: Iodine in the Wine (Rounder)
  • 2000: Rule No. 1 (Esca)

With Paula Cole

With Donna De Lory

  • 2002: Live & Acoustic (self–released)
  • 2012: In the Glow (Secret Road)

With Rhiannon Giddens

With Joe Henry

With Elton John

With Hugh Laurie

With Aimee Mann

With Alexi Murdoch

With Nina Nastasia

With Over the Rhine

  • 2011: Long Surrender (Great Speckled Dog)
  • 2013: Meet Me at the Edge of the World (Great Speckled Dog)
  • 2014: Blood Oranges in the Snow (Great Speckled Dog)

With Madeline Peyroux

With Sam Phillips

With Punch Brothers

With Bonnie Raitt

With Pal Shazar

  • 1999: Safe (Stylus)
  • 2000: Woman Under the Influence (Stylus)

With Duncan Sheik

With Regina Spektor

With Dave Stringer

  • 2004: Mala (Ajna)
  • 2005: Japa (self–released)

With Allen Toussaint

With Suzanne Vega

With Kenny White

  • 2004: Symphony in 16 Bars (WildFlower)
  • 2005: Never Like This (WildFlower)

With others


  1. ^ Aimsel Ponti. "Paula Cole Celebrates 20th Anniversary of "This Fire" with Show in Arundel". Maine Today. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  2. ^ Sachs, Lloyd (September 20, 2016). T Bone Burnett: A Life in Pursuit. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "Jay Bellerose: Background". The Groove Index. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Berkery, Patrick (March 1, 2009). "Jay Bellerose: All In A Year's Work". Modern Drummer. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  5. ^ Arnold, Ben (May 19, 2010). "Jay Bellerose – "The New Jim Keltner"". Ben's Drum Collection. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  6. ^ Henry, Joe (May 30, 2016). "Recap: Nowhere Else Festival (May 27–29, Nowhere Farm, OH)". God is in the Details. Retrieved May 1, 2017.

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