DJ Hairy Larry Presents The Joe Lee Combo Playing Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
From The Archives Of Something Blue 2024-02-18
Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear a jazz standard recorded live at Blues Fest.
Joe Lee was there at the beginning of Blues Fest in 1991 and he continued playing at Blues Fest for many years. There was this one time in 1998 when he brought Kenny Caldwell to play with him and I got to record some very fine jazz indeed.
Kenny Caldwell played with the Bill Black Combo. I only met him once, that day at Blues Fest, but some of my friends, Joy Sanford and Richard Murray, played in his band for his regular gig at the Holiday Inn. He was a jazz master guitarist, as good as anyone.
So getting to record him with Joe Lee was fantastic. Joe Lee was born in Inverness, Mississippi, but he spent most of his life in the Jonesboro area. He played with Mose Allison in Mississippi, was a top session man in Memphis, and then produced and recorded records at Fernwood working with Scotty Moore and Bill Black.
In Jonesboro he played with the Joe Lee Combo, the Mellow Express, and the Jonesboro Jazz Society Big Band. He released many records on his Alley label including national and regional hits. He ran Papa Joe’s record store where I first met him.
Starting in the nineties I was fortunate to get to work with him both playing music with him and recording his bands. He was my friend and mentor and I miss him still.
So now, here’s the Joe Lee Combo, featuring Kenny Caldwell on guitar, recorded live at Blues Fest, September 5, 1998, playing a Duke Ellington song, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”.
Joe Lee Combo Live At Blues Fest September 5, 1998
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