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Dark Eyes

To Russia With Love (mid 1980s) Mike Abene – Piano George Young – Tenor Sax Brian Brake – Drums Joe Shepley – Producer, Arranger  

The Song of the Volga Boatman

This track is from an album Joe did back in the late 1980s titled, To Russia, With Love. Joe Shepley, Jr. – Arranger, Trumpet, Bass, Keyboard Joe Shepley, III – Drums Maryellen Shepley – Flute Jane Getter – Guitar Mike Holliver – Engineer  

Also Sprach Zarathustra

Joe played with Brazilian super-composer Deodato throughout the 1970s. Here’s Joe playing on Also Sprach Zarathustra, aka the theme from 2001: A Space Odysssey.

Praise Ye The Lord

Another great track from Don Sebesky’s Giant Box, with Joe playing lead and a great solo from Freddie Hubbard. Classic 70s CTI Jazz for your enjoyment!

Firebird/Bird of Fire

Joe played lead on Don Sebesky’s critically acclaimed album, Giant Box. This is a great track from it, Firebird/Bird of Fire: wonderful section playing and a killer solo from Freddie Hubbard.

It Had to Be You

Joe played lead for Harry Connick, Jr. on his breakthrough album, When Harry Met Sally.

Here’s some fantastic lead playing from Joe and Co. on It Had to Be You.

Big Apple Brass

The Big Apple Brass was a project Joe led with producer Buddy Scott in the late seventies. This is a great track, Funk Latino, from their first album that features hot solo work from Joe and a great percussion break down.

King Richard’s Fluegel Knights

Here is a recording of King Richard’s Fluegel Knights, an early 60’s band Joe recorded and performed with. A great example of classic 1960s Jazz pop…enjoy!

Someday My Prince Will Come

Here’s a great video of Joe playing lead with The Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, under the leadership of Dave Matthews. He’s sitting right next to soloist Lew Soloff—some great section playing here…enjoy!

The Life of the Party

Here’s a home-made video of Joe playing at a family party in 2009.