Jay Sweet attended Berklee College of Music and studied Bass Performance and Composition with several exceptional instructors, including Whit Browne (bassist with Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson) and John Lockwood (bassist with Joe Henderson and Freddie Hubbard). After receiving his degree from Berklee, Sweet continued his education by attending Rutgers-Newark University, where he received his Masters in Jazz History and Research. During his time as a Rutgers student, he was awarded the Benny Carter Jazz Research Award for his extensive research on bassist Ray Brown.Sweet currently teaches bass lessons, banjo lessons, mandolin lessons, Jazz History, American Music History, and Music Appreciation at Monmouth University. He has also taught Music Theory, Jazz History, Classical Music History, History of Rock, and Private Instruction at Rutgers University and Middlesex County College. Sweet is one of the foremost researchers on early American music as has published several articles, and reviews for Oxford University Press, the Annual Jazz Review, and Hal Leonard Publications.
Jay Sweet founded his private music academy, Sweet Music Academy, in 2004 in Howell, NJ. He later opened two additional locations in New Egypt and Brick, NJ. His award-winning studios and staff have trained more than 4,000 music students. Many of his students have enjoyed successful careers in music. Sweet is also the owner and director of MusicologyU.com, the finest remote music education platform in the world.
As a performer, Jay Sweet has performed in nearly every venue, including concert halls, jazz clubs, theaters, cruise ships, recording studios, television, and radio. He has been featured on numerous recordings and shared the stage with several famed musicians, including Ted Curson (Blue Note Recording Artist), Vitali Imereli (violin virtuoso), and Ed Jurdi (Band of Heathens). Sweet also released four acclaimed albums as a leader and has written music for television and film. Currently, Jay Sweet works frequently as a freelance jazz and classical bassist, as a member of the Platinum Soul Band and as a solo guitarist.