Jay has been performing professionally for over 30 years.
His music has taken him throughout the United States. His guitar and vocal styles are deeply rooted in R&B and funk.
Jay does most of the writing for the band, which regularly plays over 30 original songs.
Big Mouth was originally formed by Jay Whitney in 1980 in and around Flint, MI. The bands focus at that time was to play an eclectic mix of blues, jazz, and original music. The band flourished for a number of years playing club dates and festivals throughout Michigan. The band stopped when a few of its members went on the road with other touring bands.
Jay Whitney moved to Door County in 1989 and formed a new Big Mouth with Pat Judy, Woody Mankowski, and Paul Sowinski in 1990. After reaching a level of success in Door County and Green Bay, the band decided to add a horn section, this being the birth of the Power Tool Horns. Over the years players have come and gone, but the band’s focus is still the same as it was originally in 1980. And everyone is still having a blast!