DJ Hairy Larry presents NJHB playing “Catamaran”

From The Archives Of Something Blue September 18, 2022

DJ Hairy Larry presents NJHB playing “Catamaran”

01. DJ Hairy Larry presents NJHB playing “Catamaran”

02. Something Blue – Streak – 29 second spot

Thanks Marty, today we’re hearing one of my jazz pieces recorded live at the Craighead Forest Bandshell.

NJHB is a different kind of jazz band without established personnel or repertoire. As usual when we played at the Craighead Forest Bandshell on June 2, 2013, it was the first and only time we played with this group of musicians.

So for this show we had Matt Jackson – bass, Mike “Zif” Lovell – guitar, Suzanne Michell – vocals, drums, and percussion, Carl Holden – guitar, Jay Shepherd – guitar, “Shugga” Shane Chastain – Roland Fantom, Addison Boling – drums, and Hairy Larry – Fender Rhodes, vocals, percussion, and dancing.

We are all from the Jonesboro Area except Suzanne is from Little Rock and Matt Jackson is from Kennett, Missouri.

We had an hour set so we got to play three songs. We tend to play long arrangements. The recording of “Catamaran” was close to 20 minutes long. On the album it’s 12 minutes. So I made a radio edit that’s 7 minutes long to play for you today. There’s a link to the whole concert at

In the process of doing the radio edit I did a lot of active listening. So I’m going to share some of the things I noticed about this recording.

Suzanne Michell is one of the best scat singers I have ever heard. There are places in the song where Suzanne and I are both scatting and Jay Shepherd joins the conversation on his guitar. Both Matt Jackson on bass and Addison Boling on drums play excellent solos.

There’s no horns but we have three guitars and two keyboards. This can be a recipe for disaster but everyone listened while they played making space for the other musicians.

So now, recorded at the Craighead Forest Bandshell on June 2, 2013, here’s NJHB playing my song, “Catamaran”.


And that’s NJHB playing “Catamaran” at the Craighead Forest Bandshell on June 2, 2013. Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00, for more NJHB, Charlie Hunter, and Steve Lawson.

Listen to last week’s show, “Baker”, here.


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