About Jay Sand
Jay Sand has been playing guitar since he was eleven when he thought being a musician would make him popular with the ladies. It worked! Well, actually, it only made him popular with one lady, Lauren, who became Jay's wife and is the mother of their three amazing children -- Molly (8), Lilianna (5) and Adaline (3). If you live in West Philly you've probably seen them all at Clark Park.
Jay has always had the travel bug, and when he travels he always takes his guitar. Since Jay graduated from Penn many years ago he has toured the country playing his own songs in coffeehouses, bars and two-bit juke joints. He and his guitar have also spent months on end backpacking around Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as taking a jaunt or two to the Middle East and South America.
From 1999 to 2003 Jay spent many months in Africa learning about and playing music with African-Jewish communities. (All Around This World's "Hello Song" comes from his friends in the the Abayudaya Jewish community of Uganda.) He has since toured the U.S. delivering multimedia presentations about African Jewish communities and has taught African-Jewish songs to children of all ages.
Jay started attending Sally's Music Circle classes when Molly was several months old and they both loved them; Jay became a Sally's Music Circle teacher in 2006.
Now that Jay has little three kids, taking off for a few months at a time is less of an option, so he and his guitar mainly stay around Philadelphia. Jay is overjoyed to be developing All Around This World's curriculum, which gives him a way to vicariously travel around the world through international music, stories and children's games. Until the Sand family kids get old enough to haul around a backpack and take to the road with their dad, vicarious traveling will have to do.