Coming up at Challenge Records: a brand new album by Bob Sheppard, featuring John Beasley, Jasper Somsen & Kendrick Scott. The album is produced by Bob Sheppard & Jasper Somsen

“Did It Have To Be You” (B. Sheppard)

“Silk Threads” (J. Somsen)

Bob Sheppard/Jasper Somsen Quartet. LIVE at Jazz in Wageningen (NL), 2015
with Karel Boehlee (piano) & Hans van Oosterhout (drums)
(c) 2015 VPRO – used by permission

Initiated by Jasper Somsen, the Bob Sheppard/Jasper Somsen Quartet toured succesfully in the Netherlands and Germany in 2015 and 2016, having concerts, masterclasses, live performances/recordings for the Dutch national radio and a new album recording with the Christian Doepke Trio feat. Bob Sheppard. The collaboration in 2017 continues … more details coming up soon!

EXCITING NEWS … coming up this spring 2018.

Bob Sheppard …
Over the course of an extraordinarily diverse career that has made him a first call musician in the realms of jazz, pop and the studio worlds, multi-woodwind specialist Bob Sheppard has always let his array of saxophones, flutes and clarinets do the talking. Superstar names highlight his resume, and jazz critics have been raving about him as both a sideman and leader for years, but such praise is simply a byproduct of Sheppard´s years of steady work and dedication to his craft – a tradition that continues on Close Your Eyes, his latest release as an artist and is the debut CD for the BFM Jazz label.

Sheppard has been a steadfast member of the Billy Childs Ensembles and the Peter Erskine trio for over a decade. Additionally over the years, he has toured with Steely Dan and Boz Scaggs, and brought his diverse talents to more recent performances with James Taylor, Natalie Cole and Queen Latifah and most notably with the legendary Joni Mitchell on her current four-disc set and her 2007 Grammy-winning, Shine. He also played on a live studio video with Mitchell and Herbie Hancock. Other distinguished collaborations include eight years with Freddie Hubbard, and tours and performances with Chick Corea´s ensemble Origin, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Horace Silver, Lyle Mays, Nat Adderly and Toshiko Akiyoshi/Tabackin Big Band. Some of his more significant recording credits include Scott Henderson, John Beasley, Mark Isham, Otmaro Ruiz, Bill Cunliffe, vocalist Kurt Elling, Marilyn Scott, Michael Franks and Diane Reeves, while including pop icons Steely Dan, Rickie Lee Jones, Rod Stewart, Randy Newman and Stevie Wonder.

Bob Sheppard has honed his intuitive personal style through collaborations with this remarkable range of artists as well as playing on over a hundred movie and television soundtracks. Sheppard draws upon his diverse musical background delivering musical intellect, commanding technique with a warm inviting sound to every performance.

Bob Sheppard & Jasper Somsen Photos: (C) Bram Damman)
All photos: (c) 2015 Bram Damman – used by permission