In 1977 Jay enrolled at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. His degree program was Guitar Performance. He studied classical guitar for three years with well-known guitarist and Christopher Parkening protÃ©gÃ©, Douglas Niedt. In 1979 Jay began studying with John Elliott, a legend among Kansas City jazz musicians. He studied with John for seven years, up to Feb. of '86. All during this period Jay was playing full-time - locally in the Kansas City area as well as touring nationally as a sideman and later with his own band.
In 1986, tired of the roadwork and needing to be at home with his growing family, Jay started concentrating on building up a student load that would support them and keep him off the road. In a very short time he was teaching 80+ students a week and still performing locally 2 or 3 times a week. He also began accumulating recording equipment and has been releasing tapes and CDs of his own music since 1991 on his own record label, Music Room Records.
1991 - Released "Industrial Moon" - guitar oriented instrumental music that's stylistically varied.
1993 - Released Waiting - Contemporary Christian music.
1997 - Jay is prominently featured on the Prime Cut Productions release JAM! Kansas City Style recorded live at Harling's Upstairs in Kansas City.
1999 - Released Sound Tracks - This CD is the sound track to a documentary video called "Warbonnets on the High Iron." The video documents the Santa Fe Railroad from Northern Missouri to the end of the line in California and was released in 1997. For information on the video contact White River Productions
Also in 1999 Jay released a series of method books for guitar, Vertical Truth: Chordal Mechanisms for the Guitar. He is currently building a national network of teachers who are using his books.
2001 saw the release of Channeling Harold. This CD is classic Hammond Organ Trio style Jazz and features Hammond Organist Rich VanSant.
In 2003 White River Productions released the documentary "Twilight on the Rails." This film about the demise of the beloved "Bud car" passenger service of B.C. Rail and the people and places along the line caught up in the history and politics of British Columbia features a couple of Jay's compositions.
Jay has opened for or backed up many national and international acts including Billy Paul, Joanna Connor, John Lee Hooker Jr, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Spirit, The Impressions and R Kelly. He works occasionally with Grammy-nominee Smooth Jazz artist Max Groove as well as Haji Ahkba (Van Morrison, James Brown). In the late '80's and early '90's, he was in 2 different bands led by famed jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany. He has performed in a duo setting with jazz guitarist Steve Cardenas.
Over the years at Harling's Upstairs he has performed with Narada Michael Walden (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Carlos Santana, Sting, Whitney Huston, etc), Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Karrin Allyson, and Willie Mathews (Count Basie Band) to name just a few.
Today Jay continues to perform, teach, write and record as a respected member of the Kansas City musical community. He performs several times a week as a freelance guitarist/singer in and around the Kansas City area. He continues to write and record out of his home studio doing soundtrack and instrumental work for clients nation-wide. He is also very much in demand as a teacher and is currently teaching 60 to 70 students per week. His teaching studio is at Guitar Source.
Jay EuDaly lives in Kansas City, Mo. with his wife Andrea and their 5 children and he gets to play the guitar all day - every day
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2. The River
3. Latter Rain
4. The Jewel
5. Andrea's Rainsong (acoustic)
6. Me Andreaing
7. There is a Way
8. Eastwood Hills
9. Into the Great Black Dark
11. Andrea's Rainsong (electric)