DJ Hairy Larry Presents Jazz Alliance Playing Blues In A Hurry


Partly Cloudy by Jazz Alliance
DJ Hairy Larry Presents Jazz Alliance Playing Blues In A Hurry
From The Archives Of Something Blue 2024-06-16

Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear an extended trumpet solo recorded at Gracie’s Place right here in Jonesboro.

I met Ron Horton when he was Director of Jazz Studies at ASU. He was playing trumpet in Jazz Alliance. I had been playing music at The Edge Coffeehouse for years so when I saw they had a jazz band playing there on Thursday nights I had to go. I liked their music and soon I was going every Thursday, recording their shows. It was great when they would invite students to jam and that’s how I first met Tim Moore and Clinton Curtis, when they were still in High School.

Ron Horton had composed some of the songs they played and I was recording them anyway so I talked to Ron about doing a Jazz Alliance album. And that’s how I produced “Partly Cloudy”, recording Ron Horton originals at live shows, until we had enough.

“Partly Cloudy” has five songs, all of them recorded at The Edge except for “Blues In A Hurry” which was recorded at Gracie’s Place on May 14, 2010.

Playing on “Blues In A Hurry” are

Ron Horton – trumpet
David Eckert – bass
Craig Collison – vibes
and
Mike Overall – drums

Ron and Craig taught at ASU. David was librarian at the Jonesboro Public Library. And Mike Overall was a jazz fixture in Jonesboro for decades as president of the Jonesboro Jazz Society and drummer with Nightlife, Giant Steps, and Joe Lee. Mike often promoted local musicians in his Overall Comments column at the Jonesboro Sun.

In the last half of the 20th century small groups featuring extended solos dominated jazz music. This allows the jazz soloist time to stretch out and it takes both endurance and imagination. On “Blues In A Hurry” Craig Collison plays the intro, Ron Horton plays the head and then solos for almost half the song. Also soloing are Craig Collison on vibes, David Eckert on bass, and Mike Overall, drums.

Ok now, from their “Partly Cloudy” album here’s Jazz Allince playing a Ron Horton original, “Blues In A Hurry”.

Partly Cloudy by Jazz Alliance
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Wildflower

Something Blue – Wildflower – June 15, 2024


Angie Owens – Break The Chain
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Hairy Larry Live at Bella’z Restaurant on 2011-08-25
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John Spencer – Road to Brigadoon – All songs by John Spencer and Tom Turner
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Paul Nunis – Live At Alive After 5:00 June 15, 2017

George Hinds – Hairy Larry and George live at Caffe Buono Feb. 8, 2008
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The Mudcats – Blues Fest House Band
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Bebop Beatniks – Leaves
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Hairy Larry And The Flying Hungarians – Think I’ll Lay Around The House Today

Hairy Larry and George with Mike “Zif” Lovell and Cheryl Culp – Live at the Craighead Forest Bandshell June 3, 2012
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DJ Hairy Larry Presents Angie Owens Singing Serena’s Song


Angie Owens – Break The Chain

DJ Hairy Larry Presents Angie Owens Singing Serena’s Song
From The Archives Of Something Blue 2024-06-09

Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear the coordinator of the Songwriter’s Workshop display her craft.

Angie Owens ran the Songwriter’s Workshop for many years. For a while there she held it at my Blues Alley jukehouse and I attended those sessions regularly and benefited from her lessons and from the song sharing. I wrote the song “Think I’ll Lay Around The House Today” over a couple of the workshops and it quickly became a requested favorite.

Then later when she was at The Edge Coffeehouse I started attending again, enjoying the workshop and the company of my friends in music, John Spencer and Paul Nunis.

She taught me the meaning of the word prosody and I’ll never forget the time when she covered the most common song structures and John Spencer and I would come up with hit songs for each structure. If this sounds a bit technical it’s because songwriting is a craft with it’s own vocabulary and that is what Angie Owens taught at her workshop.

The song I selected to play today is one that Vivian would request. Both Vivian and Angie had daughters later in life. Vivian sometimes wrote about Megan when she worked with her at The Times Dispatch and Angie wrote a song about Serena.

If you’ve raised a family you know there’s nothing easy about it and many young parents worry about whether they’re doing it right. Now you can’t stop a mother from worrying but when you have a child later in life after you’ve already raised a few you can spend a little more time enjoying yourself and a little less time worrying.

And you can focus on the most important part of family life, love.

Ok now, I’ve said it as well as I could but not nearly as well as Angie does in her song.

Here’s Angie Owens singing “Serena’s Smile”.

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Thinking

Something Blue – Thinking – June 8, 2024


This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Joe Lee, Warren Bernhardt, Braxton Cook, and Steve Kuhn. 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.

Steve Kuhn – To And From The Heart
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Steve Kuhn

Warren Bernhardt – So Real
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Braxton Cook – Somewhere In Between

Joe Lee And Friends – Boppin’ At The Forest
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DJ Hairy Larry Presents Joe Lee And Friends playing Kinda Tawny



DJ Hairy Larry Presents Joe Lee And Friends playing Kinda Tawny
From The Archives Of Something Blue 2024-06-02

Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear Joe Lee play his own arrangement of the Bill Holman song, “Kinda Tawny”.

“Boppin’ At The Forest” is the third album that I helped Joe record and release. It’s the first one where I recorded the band. On “Sounds Of The Sixties” and “Joe Lee Swings On” I digitized the music from Joe’s master tapes.

Joe had this idea. He wanted to record the charts that he arranged for his band and used when touring in Arkansas, Memphis, and all over the mid south.

Back in the day it took quite a setup to make audio recordings so live audio wasn’t recorded like it is today. But Joe still had the sheet music and he had some friends who knew how to play. So we had a project to work on.

The project was preserving Joe’s arrangements as music and recording the sound of Joe’s current band.

Joe’s new studio was his living room. I ran mic cables into his study where he kept his tapes and a bunch of recording stuff he used at Alley. I hooked the mics into a mixer board and recorded stereo to my computer. So in 2001 I was ahead of the curve doing digital recording.

Playing on “Kinda Tawny” were
Joe Lee – Tenor Sax
Craig Baker – Trumpet
Dru Davison – Bari Sax
Joy Sanford – Piano
Tom Mason – Bass
and
Mike Overall – Drums

All fine outstanding musicians with deep ties to the Northeast Arkansas jazz scene.

The results were spectacular. Joe really knew how to put it together. On “Kinda Tawny” he just kept building and building on the head, adding instruments and changing the parts. Then we’ll hear some great solo work by Craig Baker and Joy Sanford.

Besides being the recording engineer and coproducer I took the photos for the album cover and Vivian did all the layout.

So now, recorded at Alley in 2001, here’s Joe Lee and Friends playing “Kinda Tawny”.

Joe Lee And Friends – Boppin’ At The Forest
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Mystic

Something Blue – Mystic – June 1, 2024

Spafford


This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Snap Crow Legs, Tedeschi Trucks, and Spafford. 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.

Tedeschi Trucks Band Live at Keller Auditorium on 2024-05-23
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Spafford Live at The Railgarten on 2024-05-23
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DJ Hairy Larry Presents Snap Crow Legs Playing Will The Circle Be Unbroken


Snap Crow Legs

DJ Hairy Larry Presents Snap Crow Legs Playing Will The Circle Be Unbroken
From The Archives Of Something Blue 2024-05-26

Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear a gospel song recorded by a rock band at the Craighead Forest Bandshell in 2011.

When they first played at the bandshell Snap Crow Legs knocked everyone out with their bright, upbeat sound. They soon became regulars playing popular repertoire that included classics from all genres and contemporary rock. On May 15, 2011, they had a little personnel update with Mitch Hollifield as their front man playing acoustic guitar and sharing lead vocals with Greg Phillips.

The recordings I made that day quickly became my favorites and not just because they invited me up to play on three songs. I love it when I go to festivals and the bands invite guests from other bands to play. I really love it when I’m the guest.

Needless to say I had sung “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” many times but never before with Snap Crow Legs. So I kind of made up a harmony/counterpoint part and did the best I could.

When you’re invited up to sing with a band they usually have you sing through someone else’s microphone. The only problem is I sing louder than just about everyone so you will hear me coming in kind of strong before Vivian got my vocal levels under control. She’s the reason I’ve made so many good live recordings for Something Blue, because she was the mixing engineer on the job in real time. There will be two more songs from this concert on Something Blue, this week, and I will post a link to the whole concert on the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Playing with Snap Crow Leg were
Greg Phillips – guitar and vocals
Mitch Hollifield – guitar and vocals
Nate Gastineau – drums
Rick Grippo – bass
and
Tanja McKay – violin.
Not only are they all from Northeast Arkansas most of them teach at ASU.

The reason I chose this song this week is just how much fun we had singing it. When a live band is enjoying themselves on stage the audience can tell. It’s one of the things that makes live music great.

Ok now, recorded at The Craighead Forest Bandshell on May 14, 2011, here’s Snap Crow Legs singing “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”.

Snap Crow Legs Live At The Craighead Forest Bandshell May 15, 2011
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And that’s Snap Crow Legs singing “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” on May 15, 2011. Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00, for more Snap Crow Legs, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Spafford.


Tedeschi Trucks Band

DJ Hairy Larry With Snap Crow Legs Playing Black Magic Woman
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This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Snap Crow Legs, Tedeschi Trucks, and Spafford. 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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Something Blue Rojo

Something Blue – Rojo – May 25, 2024


This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Giant Steps, Trish Clowes, and Cedar Walton. 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.

Trish Clowes & Ross Stanley – Journey to Where
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Cedar Walton – First Set
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Giant Steps – Jazz Thursday 2013-05-23
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DJ Hairy Larry Presents Giant Steps Playing Perdido


Michael McGowan And Joy Sanford

DJ Hairy Larry Presents Giant Steps Playing Perdido
From The Archives Of Something Blue 2024-05-25

Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear a Duke Ellington tune played at KASU Jazz Thursday.

By Duke Ellington tune I mean composed by Juan Tizol, a longtime member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. “Perdido” was first recorded on December 3, 1941. Miles Davis made it his own. He recorded it with the Tadd Dameron Quintet in 1949, released as “Wahoo”. Then again with Jimmy Forrest in 1952.

Joe Lee loved the song and often played it. The musicians Joe played it with also played in the bands, Nightlife and Giant Steps.

I recorded Giant Steps at KASU Jazz Thursday on May 23, 2013, at TheArts@311 in downtown Jonesboro. It was a great show featuring Michael McGowan on tenor sax, along with the regular Giant Steps personnel.

Michael McGowan lived in Jonesboro and played with the Jonesboro Jazz Society Big Band. Then he moved to Texas but he still came back occasionally. I met him at the Jazz Thursday show in 2013 and then, in 2019, I got to work with him at the Delta Jazz Workshop. He even played on our Wednesday night Bebop Beatniks set. I also recorded him playing piano with the Jazz Writers Big Band.

He remains close friends with Craig Baker who plays trumpet with Giant Steps. I contacted Craig to book the show. There was that one time when I showed up at the pizza place to hear Giant Steps play and Tom Mason couldn’t make it. Craig asked if I could sit in so I got to play bass with Giant Steps.

The other musicians in Giant Steps also have ties to Northeast Arkansas and ASU. Joy Sanford, piano; Tom Mason, bass; and Mike Overall, drums.

Ok now, recorded at KASU Jazz Thursday on May 23, 2013, here’s Giant Steps playing “Perdido”.

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Louise

Something Blue – Louise – May 18, 2024

Stackabones

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Striding The Blast, Stackabones, and Yarn. 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.

Stackabones Live at 118 North (Wayne, PA) on 2024-05-05
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Yarn Live at 118 North (Wayne, PA) on 2024-05-05
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Striding The Blast Live at In The Loft at The Edge Coffeehouse on 2017-01-28
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