After graduating from Mills College where she won the Flora Boyd Memorial award for piano performance, Minnesotan Jane Hastay immersed herself in the San Francisco music scene. She toured Europe with Lilith Theater Company, performed with the Brazilian dance troupe Escola Nova de Samba, played in the American Hawaii Cruise Lines Orchestra, accompanied Concord recording artist Denise Perrier, and had a long standing engagement leading her own trio at the Fairmont Hotel.
One night while Jane was playing in a jazz club, legendary vocalist Etta Jones came in with her bassist Peter Martin Weiss. A long conversation in an all night diner blossomed into letters and long distance phone calls; the two recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.
After moving to New York Jane received her Masters Degree in Jazz Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music. She continued her performing career at the Blue Note, The Lenox Lounge, The Five Spot, DeFemios and the New Haven and Newark Jazz Festivals. She toured Japan with the all woman Kit McClure Big Band, and also played with Etta Jones, Michael Carvin, Frank Wess, Houston Person,and Della Griffin. Jane has produced many concerts including an International Women in Jazz-sponsored performance at Saint Peter’s Church, featuring Etta Jones.
Jane is currently the director of music and organist at St. Therese of Lisieux Church in Montauk. In addition to her freelancing as a pianist/vocalist she frequently acts as musical director in cabaret shows and theatrical productions including Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along at the Southampton Cultural Center.