From The Archive February 21, 2021 – Hairy Larry – “Even Dozen”

Thanks Marty, I’ve got a song today recorded right here at ASU.

I was taking composition from Dr. Tacke working on an algorithmic composition technique where I repeated a rhythmic motif in the left hand as a way of adding variety and to produce a unique comping rhythm. This worked out well so I added a melody for the piano as well as trumpet and bass parts. I recruited jazz students to play the piece, Tyler Worsham, piano; Hunter Durham, trumpet; and Tyler Montgomery, bass; all excellent musicians. We rehearsed the song once and then played it at Dr. Tacke’s Composition Seminar.

Ok, here’s that performance now, recorded at Arkansas State University on November 13, 2015. I call the piece “Even Dozen”.

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And that’s Tyler Worsham, Hunter Durham, and Tyler Montgomery playing a song I wrote called “Even Dozen” recorded right here at ASU on November 13, 2015.

Tune in to Something Blue Saturday night at 10:00 to hear Sun Ra and his Arkestra and Keith Jarrett.

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Sun Ra and Keith Jarrett. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

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Wish

Something Blue – Wish – February 27, 2021

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Karl Denson, The Riot, and Nate Wilson. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

The Riot Live at Highland Pacific on 2011-02-18
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Nate Wilson Live at The Stone Church on 2008-07-16
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The Karl Denson Trio Live at Winston’s on 2007-08-09
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From The Archive February 21, 2021 – Rob Alley – “A Foggy Day”

Thanks Marty, I just love playing some great jazz on Arkansas Roots.

I met Rob Alley when he was on the music faculty at ASU. He played jazz trumpet and was very helpful to jazz students letting them sit in when he played at The Edge Coffeehouse. I invited him to play at the Craighead Forest Bandshell on June 21, 2009, and he put together a great band with Mike Overall on drums and Dave Eckert on bass. Mike was editor at the Jonesboro Sun and Dave is currently on the faculty at ASU teaching jazz bass and he’s the head librarian at the Public Library where we do our New Jazz In Jonesboro shows.

Ok now, here’s the Rob Alley Trio recorded on June 21, 2009, at the Craighead Forest Bandshell playing “A Foggy Day”.

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And that’s The Rob Alley Trio playing “A Foggy Day” recorded at Sunday In The Park in Craighead Forest on June 21, 2009.

Tune in to Something Blue Saturday night at 10:00 to hear Karl Denson, The Riot, and Nate Wilson.

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Karl Denson, The Riot, and Nate Wilson. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

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Pardner

Something Blue – Pardner – February 20, 2021

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring George Porter Jr., Keef Alfonzo, and the A-Beez. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

George Porter, Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners Live at RootDown!! on 2014-08-16
archive.org/details/gpjrp2014-08-16.sbd.flac16

Keef Alfonzo and the Groove Revival Live at Orpheus Cafe on 2008-12-31
archive.org/details/kagr2008-12-31.mix.flac16

The A-Beez Live at Bulls Benefit Live! on 2020-11-01
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From The Archive February 14, 2021 – Reba Russell – “At Last”

Thanks Marty, It’s great to be here on Arkansas Roots with a song from KASU Bluesday Tuesday.

Reba Russell was definitely a favorite with the Bluesday Tuesday audience and one of my favorites as well. When she was booked for November 13, 2012, she was glad to come and play but she wanted someone on sound so I got recruited. I ran my recording deck and the mix board which isn’t as hard as it sounds when the band is as good as the Reba Russell Band.

They played great and I got many good recordings. I’m playing some fantastic contemporary R&B on Something Blue this Saturday so I picked “At Last”, the Etta James classic. A great song and a great performance from Reba Russell, here she is now singing “At Last”.
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Run

Something Blue – Run – February 13, 2021

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Trade, John Spencer, and Niceness. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

Trade Live at Penuches on 2021-01-23
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Niceness Live at Buckley Park on 2020-09-19
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Road to Brigadoon with protest song “Blood On The Water”
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From The Archive February 7, 2021 – John Spencer – “Road To Brigadoon”

Thanks Marty, It’s great to be here on Arkansas Roots sharing songs from the archives of Something Blue.

I met John Spencer at Blues Fest and it wasn’t long before we had John and Tommy, The Spencer Brothers, on stage. John came to me with some songs that he and Tom Turner wrote, Tom was the lyricist and John put them to music. John is a regular at KASU events, both playing and in the audience and Tom Turner was raised at Burnt Hill, just down the road from me.

The title track for the CD is called “Road To Brigadoon” and it’s a protest song with a deep message. John is a multi instrumentalist and besides singing the lead vocals he played guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo, dobro, and double bass on the album. After we had all the tracks down we were looking for a female vocalist to sing harmonies on some of the songs. I found our singer, Cheryl Culp, at the ASU Farmer’s Market. We sang with her for years and are still close friends. We call her the Honey Lady, not just because of the way she sings. I eat Culp Honey every day.

Now here’s John Spencer with Cheryl Culp singing harmonies on the title track of John’s CD, “Road To Brigadoon”.
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Hoodoo

Something Blue – Hoodoo – February 6, 2021

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Moksha and Z3. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

Moksha (Las Vegas) Live at The Goodfoot Lounge on 2013-02-14, Las Vegas
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Z3 Live at Blue Note Jazz Club on 2012-12-01, New York
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From The Archive January 31, 2021 – NJHB – “Monkey Walk”

Thanks Marty, I’m playing some Zappa songs Saturday and the closest thing I could find in the archives was NJHB live at Blues Fest.

2013 was a great year for NJHB, the New Jazz House Band. We released 9 albums and then we played at my Senior Recital. On September 8 we recorded “Live At Blues Fest” and I picked one of my songs, “Monkey Walk”, for this week’s From The Archives Of Something Blue.

In solo order we’ll hear Don Bowyer, trombone; James Carvell, guitar; Mike “Zif” Lovell, guitar; Hairy Larry, piano; George Hinds, bass; and Carl Abraham, drums. I also play a little harmonica at the end trading off with James Carvell playing guitar through his talk box.

We were all living in Northeast Arkansas at the time. Most of us attended ASU and Don Bowyer was the Dean of Fine Arts.

There is another special connection to KASU I’d like to point out. James Carvell’s father, Richard Carvell, was on the faculty at ASU and for a couple of years he was Station Manager at KASU.

Ok now, here’s the music, NJHB doing “Monkey Walk”.
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Copycat

Something Blue – Copycat – January 30, 2021

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Erroll Garner, Charlie Parker, Carla Bley, Michel Sardaby, and Theo Croker. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

Erroll Garner – On Dial
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Michel Sardaby – Gail
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Carla Bley – Copycat
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Theo Croker – Afro Physicist
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