20030518 Chicago: Evening Honoring Legendary Columnist Irv Kupcinet To Benefit The Chicago Academy for the Arts. L TO R: Attorney Jay B Ross,Larry King"
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I met him when I was starting out as a photographer in the late 1970s and he helped me with the legalities of running a business and a list of people I should know. Years later he sent over to my studio a steady stream of new recording artists for their official press shots or album covers.
In 1981 at Chicagofest, former Jimi Hendrix drummer Buddy Miles was there looking for a photographer for the day while he ‘hung out’ and Jay B insisted he hire me on the spot, and pay cash on the spot!
He helped launch a million careers in all genres of music like and helped many less fortunate that didn’t have the means to pay. Being longtime friends of most of his talent roster kept his business growing. He was active in all of the music associations including NARAS (midwest chapter of the Grammy Awards Assn.) and at one time was part of ‘Lawyers for the Creative Arts.’
Several years ago he added, rapper’ to his resume’ and recorded, “Sue The Bastards” which garnered him an award from the “Chicago Music Awards”
Many probably never knew
*He had founded the Music Library at Harold Washington College* was on the board of the Variety Club Children's Charities for 20 yrs
*Was involved with 3 National Telethons out of Chicago
* Donated a $100,000 van to the North Center for Handicapped Children
* Raised over $100,000 for Larabita
*Received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicago Music Awards Organization
His longtime friend, producer, publicist and media activist Lynn Orman Weiss stated, “He meant so much to me and to so many from the homeless street musicians to Marshall Thompson of the ChiLites. The only color Jay saw was green and that was only what he could get for his client. He was generous with his knowledge and his heart and his office was always open to everyone. “