New Music from the Giant Quintet; debuts live Fri 8/26 at the Oyster Bar!

From the Dogtown Records studio in St. Louis, two new recordings are being released this week, featuring the work of composer/arranger/musician Jonathan Taylor, and DR founding producer/musician Andy Coco.

A late Summer release on two singles titled “Snowdays” and “On the Humbug” may seem a tad early, but we could not wait to get them out, and start performing them live! Both instrumental tracks feature memorable melodies, the signature sound of Hammond Organ, and inspired adventurous electric guitar performances, which conjure an ethereal, almost spacey landscape. Close your eyes, and see where these sounds take you!

Recorded live at Dogtown Records and co-produced by Andy Coco, these are the first releases from of a greater body of work being produced in various setting and with multiple musicians in the area by producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Taylor.

Jim Peters and Jonathan Taylor at DR

These tracks represent the first salvo from the Giant Quintet, a fresh ensemble recently hatched to perform original compositions from a greater body of work in progress titled “Giants Among Us.” The work comprises a diverse array of musical styles with a sizeable and diverse cast of Midwestern musicians and artists. The Giant Quintet performs pieces that best fit the melodic voices of organ, guitar, and woodwinds, occasionally featuring the vocal talents of its members and a few guests.

Nathan Hershey, Jim Peters at DR

Both tracks were recorded live at Dogtown Records by Andy Coco, mixed by Dan Mehrmann at Midtown Sound House, and mastered by Josh Harris, Seiren Productions.

This phase of the project is supported in part by a grant from the Kranzberg Arts Foundation. Jonathan is also a 2021-2022 Artist in Residence at KAF.

The Broadway Oyster Bar will host a showcase on Friday, August 26, 2022 and feature a live debut performance of these new songs and more by the Giant Quintet, a supergroup that features Hammond organist Nathan Hershey, guitarist Jim Peters, multi-instrumentalist Ben Reece, and Jonathan and Andy on Drums and Bass respectively.
The set begins at 11pm at 736 S. Broadway. Broadway Oyster Bar

Opening the show at 9:30pm is the also new Chris Shepherd Band, which features the vocalist doing his thing with the support of Benet Schaeffer on Drums, and the Service’s Andy Coco and Nathan Hershey on Bass, Organ and backing vocals. The CSB is shown here in the studio working on new tracks for release on DR this fall.

New music from CSB in progress at DR

***AND the Dogtown Records All Star Jam closes the August 26 bill, with them super funky soul jazz classics and special guests, beginning after midnight – NOT TO BE MISSED!**

Ticket price is $12 at the door. More info at

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