From The Archives Of Something Blue December 19, 2021

From The Archives Of Something Blue December 19, 2021

1. DJ Hairy Larry presents Bebop Beatniks
2. Something Blue – Wastin – 29 second spot

Thanks Marty, today I’m playing a jazz classic recorded at a worship service.

Before the pandemic I used to be the Music Director at the Brookland United Methodist Church so it was a no brainer for me to book Bebop Beatniks in for our Wednesday night contemporary worship. At the time the Wednesday night service was attended heavily by youth so I took it as part of my job to expose them to all kinds of music played by regional bands, folk, blues, bluegrass, ambient, jazz, and even some original worship songs.

On July 20, 2016, it was my turn to get my band, Bebop Beatniks, to play. Bebop Beatniks does jazz standards and originals so we rehearsed the John Coltrane song, “A Love Supreme”, to close the service. Playing in Bebop Beatniks were Kevin Tinker, trumpet; Paul Nunis, bass; and I’m on piano. The entire band has ties to ASU.

When I started working on the arrangement I found Coltrane’s hand written chart that was used at the session when “A Love Supreme” was recorded. This piece of sheet music is considered so important in the history of jazz that it is at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Thanks to the internet I didn’t have to go to the Smithsonian but instead I wrote my Bebop Beatniks arrangement referring to a digitization of the original score.

Of course now there’s a big buzz going on about “A Love Supreme” including an NPR segment titled “John Coltrane’s Masterpiece Breathes New Life With ‘A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle'”. Not surprisingly, Bebop Beatniks were five years ahead of the curve.

Visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com for links to the entire concert, the score, and NPR.

And now, here’s Bebop Beatniks playing “A Love Supreme” recorded July 20, 2016, at the Brookland United Methodist Church.

Bebop Beatniks Live at Brookland United Methodist Church on 2016-07-20
archive.org/details/hl2016-07-20/

John Coltrane’s Handwritten Outline for His Masterpiece A Love Supreme

John Coltrane’s Handwritten Outline for His Masterpiece A Love Supreme

John Coltrane’s Masterpiece Breathes New Life With ‘A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle’
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Wastin

Something Blue – Wastin – December 18, 2021

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Ramble On Revival, The B3 Kings, and Tedeschi Trucks. 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.

Ramble On Revival with Steve Kimock Live at Mission Ballroom on 2021-12-04
archive.org/details/skf2021-12-04.mk4_24bit

Tedeschi Trucks Band Live at Orpheum Theatre on 2021-12-04
archive.org/details/ttb2021-12-04

B3 Kings Live at Soundcheck Studios on 2021-11-27
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From The Archives Of Something Blue December 12, 2021

From The Archives Of Something Blue December 12, 2021

1. DJ Hairy Larry presents Bebop Beatniks
2. Something Blue – Wastin – 29 second spot

Thanks Marty, today I’m playing a jazz classic recorded at a worship service.

Before the pandemic I used to be the Music Director at the Brookland United Methodist Church so it was a no brainer for me to book Bebop Beatniks in for our Wednesday night contemporary worship. At the time the Wednesday night service was attended heavily by youth so I took it as part of my job to expose them to all kinds of music played by regional bands, folk, blues, bluegrass, ambient, jazz, and even some original worship songs.

On July 20, 2016, it was my turn to get my band, Bebop Beatniks, to play. Bebop Beatniks does jazz standards and originals so we rehearsed the John Coltrane song, “A Love Supreme”, to close the service. Playing in Bebop Beatniks were Kevin Tinker, trumpet; Paul Nunis, bass; and I’m on piano. The entire band has ties to ASU.

When I started working on the arrangement I found Coltrane’s hand written chart that was used at the session when “A Love Supreme” was recorded. This piece of sheet music is considered so important in the history of jazz that it is at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Thanks to the internet I didn’t have to go to the Smithsonian but instead I wrote my Bebop Beatniks arrangement referring to a digitization of the original score.

Of course now there’s a big buzz going on about “A Love Supreme” including an NPR segment titled “John Coltrane’s Masterpiece Breathes New Life With ‘A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle'”. Not surprisingly, Bebop Beatniks were five years ahead of the curve.

Visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com for links to the entire concert, the score, and NPR.

And now, here’s Bebop Beatniks playing “A Love Supreme” recorded July 20, 2016, at the Brookland United Methodist Church.

Bebop Beatniks Live at Brookland United Methodist Church on 2016-07-20
archive.org/details/hl2016-07-20

John Coltrane’s Handwritten Outline for His Masterpiece A Love Supreme

John Coltrane’s Handwritten Outline for His Masterpiece A Love Supreme

John Coltrane’s Masterpiece Breathes New Life With ‘A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle’
www.npr.org/2021/08/26/1031013271/john-coltranes-masterpiece-breathes-new-life-with-a-love-supreme-live-in-seattle
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Tweezer

Something Blue – Tweezer – December 11, 2021

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Charlie Hunter, Jazz Is Phish, and Caprice. 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.

Jazz Is Phish Live at Bright Box Theater on 2021-11-12
archive.org/details/jazzisphish2021-11-12.matrix.flac24

Charlie Hunter Live at Creative Alliance on 2021-11-21
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Caprice – From Dawn Til Dusk
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From The Archives Of Something Blue December 5, 2021

From The Archives Of Something Blue December 5, 2021

1. DJ Hairy Larry presents Caprice
2. Something Blue – Tweezer – 29 second spot

Thanks Marty, today I’m going to play an original blues that was named for me!

Caprice was a great jazz band made up of musicians who were also students in the ASU jazz program. Tim Moore, Brandon Moore, and Matt Bounds came to ASU from Southern Missouri. Alex Ditto and Addison Boling are both from Arkansas. When they got together to play and write jazz I knew something special was happening and I did my best to record their recitals and other live performances. So when they asked if I would record an album for them at HairyLarryLand I looked forward to the opportunity.

The band was very disciplined and came to every session prepared. This kept the sessions short and post production under control. It’s still a lot of work recording an entire album and I was determined that all of the musicians involved would be happy with their performances and with the band sound.

They played all originals written by Tim Moore and Brandon Moore. The songs speak for themselves and have been played often on Something Blue and Arkansas Roots. To show his appreciation to me for helping the band, Brandon wrote “Blues For Larry”. So that’s how I ended up with a jazz song with my name in the title that was actually written for me.

So now, here’s Caprice playing “Blues For Larry” from their album “From Dawn Til Dusk”.

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Forever

Something Blue – Forever – December 4, 2021

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring BlueStar Radiation and the John Kadlecik Band. 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.

John Kadlecik Live at The Hamilton on 2021-11-24
archive.org/details/jkb2021-11-24.vwmule

Tim Palmieri Live at Oxbow Blending & Bottling on 2021-11-21
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From The Archives Of Something Blue November 28, 2021

From The Archives Of Something Blue November 28, 2021

1. DJ Hairy Larry presents Hairy Larry and George
2. Something Blue – Forever – 29 second spot

Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear an acoustic version of a Bob Dylan song.

I performed with George Hinds in Hairy Larry and George for years and then later we added some other musicians and became The Swing Band Project. As a duo we had a full band sound with guitar, bass, harmonica, harmony vocals, and foot stomping. We played everything, blues, rock, jazz, folk, with a lot of songs from the sixties and quite a few Dylan numbers.

On July 1, 2011, we were booked at Bella’z right here in Jonesboro and we were back down to the core duo. I guess the rest of The Swing Band Project was busy that night.

This didn’t discourage us at all, in fact it was kind of nice to do a back to our roots show, so, of course, I started with a Dylan song. That went well and one good Dylan song deserves another and before you know it I dug out my book and we did a whole show of all Dylan.

Some of these songs we had played many times as Hairy Larry and George and with The Swing Band Project. Many of the songs we had never played before and never since although I don’t know why as good as they came out.

George and I had both heard “Mr. Tambourine Man” as played by The Byrds and by Bob Dylan. But we had never played the song together before. I think you will hear influences from both Dylan and The Byrds in our arrangement. George nailed the harmony. The harp is dead on. The song remains one of my favorites from one of my favorite shows, Hairy Larry Does Dylan.

The whole concert is available on the Live Music Archive. Visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com for the link.

Ok now, recorded right here in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on July 1, 2011, here’s Hairy Larry and George singing “Mr. Tambourine Man”.

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Love

Something Blue – Love – November 27, 2021

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Johannes Wallman, Alex Hitchcock, and Francesco Ciniglio. 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.

Johannes Wallman – Love Wins
www.johanneswallmann.com/about

Francesco Ciniglio – Wood
francescociniglio-whirlwind.bandcamp.com/

Alex Hitchcock – All Good Things
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From The Archives Of Something Blue November 21, 2021

Thanks Marty. Today we’re going to hear one of the most popular jazz songs of all time played at KASU Jazz Thursday.

I worked with Mike Overall, Tom Mason, Joy Sanford, and Craig Baker on the Joe Lee “Boppin At The Forest” album. They also play in Giant Steps, a Jonesboro area jazz band. They usually add a sax and Craig Baker couldn’t have done better than calling on Michael McGowan. Craig knew McGowan since the eighties when they both played in the Jonesboro Jazz Society Big Band.

These musicians are all good friends of mine from Blues Fest to the Delta Jazz Workshop. I even got to play bass with Giant Steps one night in downtown Jonesboro when Tom Mason couldn’t make it.

So of course, I booked them into KASU Jazz Thursday and of course, they played a great show. We presented them on May 23, 2013, at TheArts@311.

So now, here’s Giant Steps, recorded at KASU Jazz Thursday, playing “Autumn Leaves”.

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And that’s Giant Steps playing the jazz standard, “Autumn Leaves”, recorded May 23, 2013, at KASU Jazz Thursday. Don’t miss Something Blue Saturday night at 10:00 to hear Johannes Wallman, Alex Hitchcock, and Francesco Ciniglio.

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Misery

Something Blue – Misery – November 20

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Delta Legends, Los Lobos, and Tab Benoit. 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.

Los Lobos Live at Clyde Theater on 2021-11-06
archive.org/details/LosLobos2021-11-06.AKG63-AKG568

Tab Benoit Live at Sellersville Theater on 2021-10-26
archive.org/details/tabbenoit2021-10-26.mk41v.edtyre

Delta Legends Live at Cedell Davis Stage at the King Biscuit Blues Festival on 2018-10-05
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