Collin Bay began studying music as a four-year-old. He attended Interlochen Arts Academy and was part of the Interlochen Jazz Octet, recipient of Downbeat Magazine's top student award. He studied with Vijay Iyer and John Scofield at New School University in New York City. Fluent on many instruments and in many styles, he has performed on four continents both as a solo artist and as a member of various ensembles. He has shared the stage with MacArthur Fellows and has appeared on albums that have cracked the top 20 on the iTunes world music chart.