He began playing in bands at school functions, coffee
houses and nightclubs in and around the Kansas City area in 1969.
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 protégé,
Niedt. In 1979 Jay began studying with
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
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 recordings of his own music since 1991 on his own record label, Music Room
Moon - guitar oriented instrumental music that's stylistically varied.
1993 - Released
Contemporary Christian music.
1997 - Jay is prominently
featured on the Prime Cut Productions release
JAM! Kansas City Style recorded live at
in Kansas City.
- 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
in 1999 Jay released a series of method books for guitar,
Vertical Truth: Chordal Mechanisms for the Guitar.
Reviewed in Jazz Ambassadors Magazine
in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. He is currently building a national network of teachers who are using his books.
saw the release of
Channeling Harold. This CD is classic
Hammond Organ Trio style Jazz and features Hammond Organist Rich VanSant.
Read a review
River Productions released the
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.
August of 2006: My
Ship released. Acoustic guitar based singer/songwriter-type
music with jazz influences. 12 original songs and 3 covers.
In 2010 Jay appeared in the documentary film,
Kansas City Jazz & Blues: Past, Present & Future.
A song from the
CD (What the Blues are All About) was used in the soundtrack.
has opened for or backed many national and international acts including
Black Oak Arkansas, 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
In 2011 Jay began working with African pop singer
In his capacity as the house guitarist at the weekly jam at
Harling's Upstairs, he performed every Saturday afternoon with Mama Ray and the Rich VanSant
Band for over twenty years hosting the longest running Kansas City jam
session in existence. That jam session is in it's 27th year and still happens
with Jay on guitar every Saturday
the years at Harling's Upstairs and now at BB's he has performed with Marilyn Maye, Wilbert
Longmire, Narada Michael Walden
Whitney Huston, etc), Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Karrin Allyson, and
Will Matthews of the
Count Basie Band, to name just a few.
Today Jay continues to
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 50 to 60 students per
EuDaly lives in Kansas City, Missouri and he gets to
play the guitar all day - every day.