Spyro Gyra

With a name jokingly derived from a biology paper, SpyroGyra burst onto the national music scene in 1979 with their breakthrough hit, Morning Dance.   They quickly parlayed their success on the Buffalo, NY club scene into international success with tracks like Shaker Song and a relentless touring schedule. 

Founder Jay Beckenstein had originally intended to be a producer, but leftover studio time allowed him to record some of the songs he'd been writing with his musical partner, keyboardist Jeremy Wall.  Since those early days, SpyroGyra has recorded over 25 albums, becoming known as one of the most commercially-successful groups in music.


  • As a teen, Jay Beckentstein was told to give up playing the saxophone or he'd ruin his teeth.  He ignored the advice of his dentist (and his teeth are fine).
  • Percussionist Gerard Velez performed with Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock.
  • During their Buffalo club days, the band sold copies of their records out of the trunk of Jay's car.

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