Jay S. Reich Jr.

Jay S. Reich Jr.

REICH: Jay S. Reich Jr., formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at the age of 74 in Boca Raton, Florida. Jay was the beloved son of Doris and Jay Reich Sr., and the adored brother of Judy Reich (jreich222@att.net) and her fiancé Dave Marti of St. Louis, Missouri. Formerly from Churchill, Pennsylvania, Jay graduated from Shady Side Academy in 1966 and American University in 1970. After college, Jay worked for his father at Jay Reich Advertising, Inc., one of the largest advertising agencies in the region. Jay had an intense love of music, especially the compositions of Bob Dylan. In high school he worked as the record librarian for Chuck Brinkman, one of Pittsburgh’s most popular Top 40 DJs at KQV radio. From 1972-1977 Jay was manager for guitar legend Roy Buchanan. He recruited Billy Price as lead singer and other Pittsburgh musicians, bassist John Harrison and drummer Byrd Foster, to play in Roy’s band. Reich booked Buchanan at major venues throughout North America and Europe including Heinz Hall-Pittsburgh, Carnegie Hall-New York City, Newport Jazz Festival-Rhode Island, the Roxy and the Troubadour-Los Angeles, and the Spectrum-Philadelphia. He negotiated Roy’s recording contract with Atlantic Records.
Until the time of his death, Jay was an energy manager/consultant for Chrislynn Energy Services. Jay was an avid golfer and a dedicated fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and University of Pittsburgh Panthers. Jay will be missed by his many loving friends and family. There will be a celebration of life for friends and family in Boca Raton on Sunday, Jan. 22. Donations in Jay’s memory may be made to: “The Class of 1966 Memorial Hall Library Project” at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, at website: supportssa.org. PJC

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