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Jay Flippin

1946 – 2014

Jay Flippin, 68, of Morehead, loving father, husband, and musician, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, on October 16, 2014.

Jay recently retired as professor of music after teaching keyboards, jazz studies, theory, history of Rock ‘n Roll, and music history for 45 years at Morehead State University.  Following retirement, he served as an adjunct professor at Morehead State, Kentucky Christian University, and Marshall University.  He also served as accompanist/arranger for the Lexington Singers since 1976.  He performed as soloist, accompanist, conductor, and ensemble player throughout the US, South and Central America, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.

Jay was a devout Christian and served as director of music for the First Baptist Church of Morehead for 40 years.  He served on several Christian missions, including one to Kenya.

Jay worked regularly with several jazz and commercial groups and averaged more than 200 performances a year.  He performed with dozens of artists, including Clark Terry, James Moody, Chris Potter, the Count Basie Orchestra, Percy Sledge, Ray Charles, LeAnn Rimes, Wilson Pickett, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

Jay also was an accomplished composer and arranger of music, with more than 3,500 works for orchestra, jazz ensembles, and more.  He wrote more than 300 jingles, scored more than 30 films and videos, and composed cues for television series and feature films.   He won five Emmys for his scores for the documentaries Ashes to Glory, Hearts of Glass, Blenko Retro, Cam Henderson:  A Coach’s Story, and Steven Caras:  See Them Dance.  In 2001, he was nominated for an Emmy for best original song.   Jay’s recording credits include arranging, producing, and playing on more than 350 album/CD projects.  He had six CD releases under his own name, including his most recent—Jay Flippin:  Home for Christmas, released by Ballpark Records. 

In February 2006, Jay was chosen as the Kentucky Artist of the Year by the Governor’s Council for the Arts.  In April 2007, he was honored by his alma mater Mars Hill College as one of the 150 Outstanding Alumni of the 20th Century, and in October 2009, he was inducted into the Morehead State University Alumni Hall of Fame.

Jay is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nancy, as well as two daughters: Victoria Snyder (husband Brian) of Carmel, Indiana, and Emily Maruna (husband Franz) of Portland, Oregon; three grandchildren: Pannonica and Quinby Maruna, and Gavin Snyder; brother Richard Flippin; and a large number of cousins and dear friends.

Born Russel Jay Flippin on February 15, 1946, in Stuart, Virginia, he was a son of the late Russel Jay and Lucy Rhodes Flippin.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive.   Funeral services will be on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Button Auditorium on the Morehead State University campus with Dr. Don Mantooth and the Rev. Curt Lowndes officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Jay Flippin Music Scholarship, care of Cate Mart of the Lexington Singers, P.O. Box 23002, Lexington, KY 40523, or the Legacy Fund of the First Baptist Church of Morehead, 123 E Main Street, Morehead, KY 40351


 

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Jay’s compositions and arrangements include more than 3500 works for orchestra, chorus, band, jazz ensembles of every size and description, keyboards, solo instruments, voice, chamber ensembles, and MIDI orchestra. He has written more than 250 jingles, scored more than 50 films and videos, and composed cues for television series and feature films.

Since 2000 he has won five Emmys for his scores for the documentaries Ashes to Glory, Hearts of Glass, Blenko Retro, Cam Henderson: A Coach’s Story, and Steven Caras: See Them Dance. In 2001 he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for best original song. Recent commissions include A Penny’s Worth of Conscience, a musical based on a short story by Jesse Stuart for Greenbo State Park, Abe Lincoln: Shirttail Boy from Kentucky, a chamber opera for UK Opera, Why Do We Sing? for chorus, soloists, and orchestra, for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Lexington Singers, the 2010 Christmas show for the West Louisville Boy’s Choir, Christmas music for the Southern Lights show at the Kentucky Horse Park, the score for the PBS documentary Steven Caras—See Them Dance, premiered at Lincoln Center in January 2011, Appalachian Cycle—Six Songs for Tenor and Piano, based on texts by James Still, premiered in March, 2012, and music for compulsory floor exercises for the Colorado Gymnastics Association’s 2013 season.

Jay’s recording credits include arranging, producing, and/or playing on more than 350 album/CD projects. He has six CD releases under his own name, including his most recent, Jay Flippin: Home for Christmas, released by Ballpark Records Two new releases--a third collaboration with saxophonist Gordon Towell and a CD of jazz treatments of hymns and spirituals--are due out this spring.

In February, 2006, Jay was chosen Kentucky Artist of the Year by the Governor’s Council for the Arts. In April 2007 he was honored by his alma mater, Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, North Carolina, as one of the 150 Outstanding Alumni of the Twentieth Century, and in October, 2009 he was inducted into the Morehead State University Alumni Hall of Fame.

Jay works regularly with several jazz and commercial groups, and averages more than 200 performances a year.  He has performed, done clinics, and/or toured with dozens of artists, including Clark Terry, James Moody, Chris Potter, the Count Basie Orchestra, Percy Sledge, Ray Charles, LeAnn Rimes, and Wilson Pickett. 

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