DJ Hairy Larry Presents Jay Shepherd Playing Blue Bossa

DJ Hairy Larry Presents Jay Shepherd Playing Blue Bossa
From The Archives Of Something Blue 2023-07-30

Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear a bossa, featuring two of my friends, recorded at the Delta Jazz Workshop.

Besides being a jazz clinic the Delta Jazz Workshop is a mini festival with five jazz concerts from Monday through Friday. You can’t learn jazz without listening to jazz and since there’s no music like live music you can’t play jazz without listening to live jazz. So the nightly concerts are actually an integral part of the learning experience.

The concerts were also a great opportunity for me to record Northeast Arkansas jazz musicians for Something Blue. I mean, I was going to the concerts anyway so I might as well roll tape, I mean fill flash cards, the modern day equivalent of tape.

On July 12, 2016, it was Jay Shepherd’s turn to bring his band and play. I’ve known Jay for years and he’s played guitar with Bebop Beatniks and with NJHB. He plays stand out performances on the new Bebop Beatniks album, “Church” and he is also featured playing with NJHB on “Bop Soup” recorded at my Senior Recital.

Also featured on “Blue Bossa” is my friend Tyler Worsham on piano. He helped me many times at my recitals. He played at Trilogy For The Arts and he is featured on the NJHB album, “Blue Goose”, recorded at New Jazz In Jonesboro in the Jonesboro Public Library.

Also playing on “Blue Bossa” are Terrell Montgomery, bass and Keyven Dunn, drums. All of these musicians were students at ASU.

I remember one time in the bandroom, right after I wrote “Malaysia”, and before it was ever recorded, Tyler Worsham and Terrell Montgomery ran through the piece for me in what is called a reading. They enjoyed playing “Malaysia” and that’s a big boost to a composer’s confidence.

OK now, recorded live on July 12, 2016 in the Fine Arts Recital Hall at the Delta Jazz Workshop here’s Jay Shepherd and his band playing “Blue Bossa”.

Jay Shepherd

Bebop Beatniks – Church

NJHB – Blue Goose

Hairy Larry – Bop Soup


And that’s “Blue Bossa” featuring Jay Shepherd and Tyler Worsham recorded on July 12, 2016, at the Delta Jazz Workshop. Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00, to hear more jazz from Warren Bernhardt, Steps Ahead, L’Image, O’Donel Levy, and Paul Winter.

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