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{{Quote|Jabba! We'll give you a chance! We're going to be the number one band in the galaxy. So then, how do you feel about becoming our first sponsor?|Jay to Jabba the Hutt|Tatooine Rhapsody}}
 
{{Quote|Jabba! We'll give you a chance! We're going to be the number one band in the galaxy. So then, how do you feel about becoming our first sponsor?|Jay to Jabba the Hutt|Tatooine Rhapsody}}
 
[[File:Jay lightsaber quiver.png|thumb|right|250px|Despite his fear, Jay was willing to confront Boba Fett to save his friend.]]
 
[[File:Jay lightsaber quiver.png|thumb|right|250px|Despite his fear, Jay was willing to confront Boba Fett to save his friend.]]
Jay was a male human with light skin and gray eyes. He had brown hair during the Clone Wars. Later, as the lead singer of Star Waver, Jay's hair was blue-gray.<ref name="Tatooine Rhapsody" />
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Jay was a male human with light skin and [[Color|gray]] [[eye]]s. He had brown [[hair]] during the Clone Wars. Later, as the lead singer of Star Waver, Jay's hair was blue-gray.<ref name="Tatooine Rhapsody" />
   
 
As a Padawan, Jay fled a battle of the Clone Wars in fear. After being taken in by Geezer and joining Star Waver, Jay grew to be close friends with the Hutt and the other members of their band.<ref name="Tatooine Rhapsody" />
 
As a Padawan, Jay fled a battle of the Clone Wars in fear. After being taken in by Geezer and joining Star Waver, Jay grew to be close friends with the Hutt and the other members of their band.<ref name="Tatooine Rhapsody" />
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[[File:Micsaber.png|thumb|right|200px|Jay with his microphone lightsaber]]
 
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As a Padawan, Jay wielded a [[Color|blue]]-bladed lightsaber in the Clone Wars. His lightsaber was damaged when he fell into Geezer's vehicle, after which he used it as a microphone. Jay attempted to fight off the bounty hunter Boba Fett with his lightsaber when Fett kidnapped Geezer, but his saber only produced sparks of electricity rather than activating its [[plasma]] blade, rendering Jay unable to rescue his friend in that way. Jay was also capable of playing some form of guitar, as demonstrated during Star Waver's performance at the Mos Espa Grand Arena on Tatooine.<ref name="Tatooine Rhapsody" />
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As a Padawan, Jay wielded a blue-bladed lightsaber in the Clone Wars. His lightsaber was damaged when he fell into Geezer's vehicle, after which he used it as a microphone. Jay attempted to fight off the bounty hunter Boba Fett with his lightsaber when Fett kidnapped Geezer, but his saber only produced sparks of electricity rather than activating its [[plasma]] blade, rendering Jay unable to rescue his friend in that way. Jay was also capable of playing some form of guitar, as demonstrated during Star Waver's performance at the Mos Espa Grand Arena on Tatooine.<ref name="Tatooine Rhapsody" />
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==

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"♪ Come on and lose yourself now, everybody! ♪"
―Jay's song[src]

Jay was a Force-sensitive human male former Jedi Padawan and singer following the Clone Wars. After fleeing a battle in the Clone Wars, he was found by the Hutt guitarist Geezer. He subsequently joined Geezer's band Star Waver, where he served as the lead singer. During his time with Star Waver, Jay kept his lightsaber.

At some point in the Imperial Era, Jabba Desilijic Tiure placed a bounty on Geezer for refusing to join Jabba's crime syndicate. The bounty hunter Boba Fett captured the guitarist for execution for his perceived transgression. Jay came up with a plan to rescue Geezer by performing a song to wide acclaim at the Mos Espa Grand Arena, thereby convincing Jabba not to execute Star Waver's Hutt performer.

Biography

From violence to vocals

"You! What are you?"
"I'm…"
―Geezer meets a frightened Jay, who hesitates to reply.[src]

Jay running from a battle in the Clone Wars

Jay was a human male who, due to his Force-sensitivity, became part of the Jedi Order,[1] eventually becoming a Padawan.[2] With the dawn of the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems,[1] Jay was also made a Jedi Commander[2] in the Grand Army of the Republic.[1] Between 20 BBY and 19 BBY,[3] Jay was present for a battle between the Grand Army and the Separatist Droid Army. Under attack, Jay fled the battle with his lightsaber in hand, only to fall into a vehicle with a Hutt named Geezer aboard. The Hutt asked the Padawan what he was, and Jay looked around the vehicle to see musical instruments and other devices used by musicians and bands.[1]

Jay became the lead vocalist of Geezer's band Star Waver. In that band, Geezer played the flaming rumble bass guitar, a three-torsoed individual named Lan played the versatile cluster drums, the droid K-344 "Kurti" played the electrified dual guitars, and the droid V-5 mixed electronic sounds for their music. Throughout that time, Jay retained his lightsaber.[1]

Losing Geezer

"I can't just abandon [Geezer]. After all we've been through…"
―Jay[src]

Jay confronts Boba Fett to protect Geezer.

At some point during the Imperial Era, Jabba the Hutt put out a bounty out on Geezer. Star Waver was performing a concert when a group of bounty hunters led by Boba Fett attacked and interrupted the performance, seeking to collect the bounty. Geezer attacked the bounty hunter using the flamethrower functionality of his flaming rumble bass, and the Star Wavers retreated to their starship[1] The Rolling Gales.[4] However, Fett pursued them aboard Slave I and shot their ship down, leaving it in a state of needing repairs. The bounty hunter took Geezer with him to Jabba at blaster-point. Geezer was to be executed for refusing to join Jabba's crime syndicate.[1]

Jay was distraught to see his friend taken away by a bounty hunter after all they had been through. The former Padawan rushed out of The Rolling Gales to rescue Geezer from Fett with his lightsaber. Jay shook in fear but still tried to ignite his blade and attack Fett. Instead of activating, his blade produced electrical sparks, causing Jay distress and solemnity. Jay retreated to the ship, where V-5 played a recording of Star Waver's first rehearsal as a band. Overwhelmed with emotion, Jay ran out into the rain and cried out that in the end, they were just a band. At that moment, the rain abated and Jay thought of a plan by which they could rescue Geezer from execution as a band.[1]

Gambit in the Grand Arena

"We made a deal with Jabba to let us perform before he executes you."
―Jay to Geezer[src]

Jay, K-344, and Geezer smile as Geezer is not to be executed.

Jay, Kurti, Lan, and V-5 negotiated a deal with Jabba to perform one song with Geezer before his execution at the Mos Espa Grand Arena. Star Waver would perform with their instruments for a packed audience including Jabba himself. The band performed a song which was recorded by Hologlide J57 cam droids and broadcast far and wide on Tatooine. The crowd roared with delight desiring an encore, and even Jabba and his entourage reacted positively. Jay boldly gave Jabba an offer, claiming Star Waver would become the most popular band in the galaxy and giving him the chance to be their first investor. The roar of the crowd convinced the Hutt crime lord to allow the band an encore instead of executing Geezer.[1]

Personality and traits

"Jabba! We'll give you a chance! We're going to be the number one band in the galaxy. So then, how do you feel about becoming our first sponsor?"
―Jay to Jabba the Hutt[src]

Despite his fear, Jay was willing to confront Boba Fett to save his friend.

Jay was a male human with light skin and gray eyes. He had brown hair during the Clone Wars. Later, as the lead singer of Star Waver, Jay's hair was blue-gray.[1]

As a Padawan, Jay fled a battle of the Clone Wars in fear. After being taken in by Geezer and joining Star Waver, Jay grew to be close friends with the Hutt and the other members of their band.[1]

During his time with Star Waver, Jay remained more fearful of combat than his fellow band-members. When Boba Fett came to seize Geezer, the Hutt made a joke about Jabba wanting his autograph before enthusiastically attacking Fett with his flamethrower. Likewise, Lan and K-344 were quick to engage Fett's crew; skillfully using their instruments as weapons. In contrast, Jay quivered and hesitated to draw his lightsaber against the attackers.[1]

In spite of Jay's fear of fighting, he was willing to fight to defend his friends. When Boba Fett brought Geezer to Slave I, Jay confronted the bounty hunter with his lightsaber. Jay quivered in the rain afraid to engage Boba in combat, but nevertheless attempted to activate his Jedi weapon to defend Geezer. When his saber failed to activate, Jay thought of a plan to negotiate with Jabba to save his friend's life. Jay appealed to Jabba's desire for money and power, ultimately saving Geezer by convincing the crime lord that Star Waver would be more profitable to Jabba with all its members alive.[1]

Powers and abilities

Jay leaps in the air with the Force.

As a member of the Jedi Order, Jay was Force-sensitive. Jay used the Force to leap high in the air as part of his performance at the Mos Espa Grand Arena. He was also a talented singer and guitarist and charismatic enough to work up a crowd. Jay utilized his ability to entertain and excite his audience to convince Jabba the Hutt not to execute Geezer. Instead, sensing the crowd's excitement and the potential profit of investing in Star Waver, Jabba allowed the band to perform an encore.[1]

According to K-344, Jay was helpful at performing repairs on The Rolling Gales.[1]

Equipment

"Calm down. It's just a mic."
―Jay to Gamorrean guards, regarding his lightsaber/microphone[src]

Jay with his microphone lightsaber

As a Padawan, Jay wielded a blue-bladed lightsaber in the Clone Wars. His lightsaber was damaged when he fell into Geezer's vehicle, after which he used it as a microphone. Jay attempted to fight off the bounty hunter Boba Fett with his lightsaber when Fett kidnapped Geezer, but his saber only produced sparks of electricity rather than activating its plasma blade, rendering Jay unable to rescue his friend in that way. Jay was also capable of playing some form of guitar, as demonstrated during Star Waver's performance at the Mos Espa Grand Arena on Tatooine.[1]

Behind the scenes

«This character, Jay, ran away from the war in the past. He struggles a lot between being a Jedi and enjoying his music. By changing the lightsaber into a microphone, we tried to express Jay's wish strongly.»
―Director Taku Kimura, in Japanese[src]

Studio Colorido concept art for Jay

Jay was created for "Tatooine Rhapsody," a short film in the Star Wars: Visions series directed by Taku Kimura of Studio Colorido, and released for streaming on Disney+ on September 22, 2021. The character was voiced by Hiroyuki Yoshino in Japanese and by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the English dub.[1] In an interview for Disney+'s "Filmmaker Focus," Kimura said he had the inspiration to create the characters Jay and Geezer to express the power of music. While Geezer was a Hutt, he did not want to become a crime lord; loving his music and having the strength of will to leave his family. Similarly, Jay breaks free from the restraint of his Jedi past, wishing to "rock together" with his Hutt friend. Kimura recognized that music is central to Star Wars and wanted to change the genre to rock and roll while staying true to the series' theme and values. Kimura said his studio wanted to send the message to do what you want and not be caught up in the past; which is part of the stories of both Jay and Geezer.[5]

In an interview for the same "Filmmaker Focus" feature, Gordon-Levitt said he is a huge fan of both Star Wars and anime. The actor said to him, creativity means finding a centered place in oneself where you feel powerful by creating something. The character Jay has moments like that in the short film, and Gordon-Levitt loved voicing Jay as a character with the combination of music, creativity, and the Force. James Waugh, Lucasfilm Ltd.'s vice president of franchise content and strategy, said "Tatooine Rhapsody" is a great story about a band that needs their friend back. Lucasfilm executive producer Josh Rimes says the short film is a story of heartfelt friendship. He believes Star Waver exemplifies Star Wars' core theme of a "found family."[5]

Appearances

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Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 VisionsCite.png Star Wars: Visions – "Tatooine Rhapsody"
  2. 2.0 2.1 VisionsCite.png Star Wars: Visions – "Tatooine Rhapsody" depicted Jay as wearing a Padawan braid during the Clone Wars. Therefore, he was a Padawan at that time. Rise of the Separatists establishes that Padawans involved in the Republic Military, as Jay was, served as Jedi Commanders.
  3. The Clone Wars battle depicted in "Tatooine Rhapsody" takes place at some point after the introduction of Phase II clone trooper armor, which was introduced by the events of "Water War." Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of "Water War" to 20 BBY and the end of the war to 19 BBY, meaning that the battle must take place at some point between these two years.
  4. StarWars.com Inside Star Wars: Visions: Meet the Ships and Vehicles on StarWars.com (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 VisionsCite.png Star Wars: Visions – "Filmmaker Focus – Tatooine Rhapsody"