Derek says he is older than dirt, and has been kicked out of more bands than you would see in a week in Nashville! It hasn’t stopped him yet though, so he’ll be bringing all that baggage, plus 50 years of playing, 3700 foot pedals, and a really cute girlfriend on the road with BlueJayD.
In all seriousness though, Derek looks forward to writing songs, singing and playing (guitar and mandolin) along side Jay, trying to create a new stew of countless influences. Derek is a veteran of local Americana band Red Eye Flight, The 60's Band, The Calypso Cowboys, The Rhode Kings and Barefoot Davis, among many many more bands.
Originally from Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, Steve has been the keyboardist for BlueJayd since 2017. Steve took organ lessons privately for 9 years starting at age 10, studying under the late Doris Kinney. He has performed as a Church musician for over 42 years in various locations across Massachusetts, and is a 10-year veteran baritone singer with the prestigious Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the official Chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and Boston Pops, having sung on the professional stages of Boston’s Symphony Hall, Tanglewood and New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
Steve is seen regularly at Symphony Hall during the BSO’s Fall, Winter and Spring seasons, at Tanglewood during the Summer season, and with the Boston Pops under the direction of Keith Lockhart for the annual Holiday Pops shows at Symphony Hall in December.
Vocals & percussion
Ann is hot off her gig singing with the Avett Bros (in her car), and is looking forward to mixing it up with the guys in Blue JayD. She is fascinated with the classic harmonies of CSNY and the Beach Boys, and the Americana stylings of the Jayhawks. Ann found her voice a short while back, and hopes to become the next Emmylou Harris, but for now she is the one bouncing around the side of the stage on mic, and trying to curb her applause for the band’s latest performance!