From The Archives Of Something Blue January 23, 2022

DJ Hairy Larry presents Aaron Love and His TV Band playing “The Thrill Is Gone”.

1. DJ Hairy Larry presents Aaron Love and His TV Band
2. Something Blue – Shake 29 second spot

Thanks Marty, today we’re listening to a blues classic sung by a band from right here in Jonesboro.

I called Aaron Love The Jonesboro Blues Man and we had a long musical history starting at Blues Fest and continuing through the production of the “Aaron Love and His TV Band” album.

Joe Lee turned me on to Aaron Love when I started booking Blues Fest. Joe released Aaron’s hit, “I’m Coming Down Mama” on Alley before I knew either of them. Joe and I played with Aaron at the first Blues Fest in 1991.

Aaron became a regular performer at Blues Alley in Jonesboro and then I put together a band to promote Aaron’s unique blues vocal style. We had two lead vocalists, Aaron Love and Pansy Hall, my son, Uldis, and I played guitar, Richard Stevens was on bass and Donald Deloach, drums. All of the musicians are from Jonesboro and they all played together weekly at Blues Alley.

All of the instrumentalists in the band played multiple instruments so that gave us a lot of flexibility when it came time to record our album.

Eric Crewes also helped us with Blues Fest and he engineered the album at Soundworks, located at the weird 5 way stop in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Aaron loved B.B. King and we worked up a special arrangement on “The Thrill Is Gone” with both Aaron and Pansy singing. Pansy said, “It doesn’t have to be a man singing ‘The Thrill Is Gone’. Sometimes the thrill is gone for the woman too.”

Plus we got Richard Stevens to overdub flute on the song which works particularly well, jazz flute over a blues standard.

So now, recorded at Soundworks in Jonesboro, Arkansas, here’s Aaron Love and His TV Band singing “The Thrill Is Gone”.

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Invitation

Something Blue – Invitation – January 22, 2022

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Roy Hargrove and Mulgrew Miller, James Brandon Lewis, and Kenny Garrett. 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.

Roy Hargrove and Mulgrew Miller – In Harmony
royhargrovemulgrewmiller.bandcamp.com/album/in-harmony
downbeat.com/news/detail/the-harmony-of-roy-hargrove-and-mulgrew-miller

James Brandon Lewis – Days Of FreeMan
www.jblewis.com/

Kenny Garrett – Sounds From The Ancestors

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From The Archives Of Something Blue January 16, 2022

From The Archives Of Something Blue January 16, 2022
DJ Hairy Larry presents Jazz Writers Big Band playing “More Better Days Than Yesterday”.

1. DJ Hairy Larry presents Jazz Writers Big Band
2. Something Blue – Invitation 29 second spot

Thanks Marty, today I’ve got a jazz original performed at Riceland Hall right here at ASU.

First off what’s an EWI? EWI is an acronym for Electronic Wind Instrument and it’s a horn played kind of like a clarinet but with synthesizer output. So besides keyboard synths and guitar synths there are horn synths named EWI.

Dr. Ken Carroll is Director of Jazz Studies at ASU and he plays EWI. So, when we get around to playing the piece and you’re wondering what horn is playing that solo?, it’s an EWI.

When I first took classes in the Music Department Tom O’Connor was director of the big bands and I played guitar and bass under his supervision. So when he started the Jazz Writers Big Band I recorded them whenever possible.

On July 9, 2018, Jazz Writer’s Big Band was playing at Riceland Hall as part of the ASU Delta Jazz Workshop administered by Dr. Ken Carroll. I was recording each evening during the workshop. The band sounded great. They played some standards arranged by Tom O’Connor but mostly originals by Joseph Curtis or Tom O’Connor.

So, coming up now, recorded July 9, 2018 here’s “More Better Days Than Yesterday”, an original composition by Dr. Tom O’Connor.

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Blister

Something Blue – Blister – January 15, 2022

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Tim Palmeri and Neighbor. 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.

Tim Palmieri Live at Dunedin Brewery on 2022-01-06
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Neighbor Live at The Press Room on 2022-01-05
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From The Archives Of Something Blue January 9, 2022

From The Archives Of Something Blue January 9, 2022
DJ Hairy Larry presents Vikki McGee singing “I’d Rather Be Blind”.

1. DJ Hairy Larry presents Vikki Mcgee
2. Something Blue – Blister 29 second spot

Thanks Marty. Today we’re hearing a classic blues song delivered at a KASU Bluesday Tuesday by a Jonesboro musician.

Vikki McGee is a bandleader and a songwriter. She sings all styles of music but today we’re featuring her blues vocals on a song written by Ellington Jordan and Etta James.

Vikki has played at many KASU events including the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival and the Arkansas Roots Festival. She also performed on campus as the Guest Artist with the Delta Symphony Orchestra. Before she did any of that she played at KASU Bluesday Tuesday in Newport, Arkansas, on February 12, 2013.

It was a great show with a full band including keyboards and electric guitar. Her set included songs by The Band, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and Bill Withers but I picked this Etta James song because of the way she nails the vocals and because of the fantastic interplay between voice and guitar at the end of the song.

So here’s Vikki McGee at KASU Bluesday Tuesday singing the Etta James song, “I’d Rather Be Blind”.

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Connotation

Something Blue – Connotation – January 8, 2021

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Orrin Evans, Esperanza Spalding, and Vijay Iyer. 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.

Orrin Evans – It Was Beauty
www.orrinevansmusic.com

Esperanza Spalding – Songwrights Apothecary Lab
songwrightsapothecarylab.com/

Vijay Iyer – Uneasy

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From The Archives Of Something Blue January 2, 2022

Thanks Marty, today I’ve got a jazz standard played by a jazz legend.

Joe Lee started playing professionally in Mississippi in the fifties. He played in big bands and combos, even with Mose Allison. He was a heavily recorded sideman in Memphis, Tennessee, and he coproduced the Thomas Wayne hit, “Tragedy” with Scotty Moore at Bill Black’s Fernwood Studio in the late fifties.

Later he opened Variety Recording, home of Alley Records, in Jonesboro Arkansas. He taught music at Trumann High School and he was active with the Jonesboro Jazz Society Big Band opening for and sometimes playing with top jazz acts.

I first met Joe at Papa Joe’s Record store but I had no idea who he was. Later when I was in Tom O’Connor’s big band at ASU I got to know Joe and Mike Overall from the Jazz Society Concerts. He helped us start Blues Fest and he played at the first Blues Fest and many others.

His first love was always jazz. He was a touring musician and he loved playing live shows. He had a touring act and he had a book, that is scores and parts he had written for a jazz sextet, bari, tenor, trumpet, piano, bass, and drums. Even later, in 2001 Joe talked to me about a recording project to record songs from this book.

He put together a great band, Joe Lee, tenor; Drew Davison, bari; Craig Baker, trumpet; Joy Sanford, piano; Tom Mason, bass; with Mike Overall or Craig Collison on drums. I’m very proud of all the tracks we put down. The whole album is good. Today I picked a favorite of mine, a jazz standard called “Out Of Nowhere”

So now, from the “Boppin’ At The Forest” CD here’s Joe Lee and Friends playing a Joe Lee arrangement of “Out Of Nowhere”.

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Holly

Something Blue – Holly – January 1 2022

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Holly Bowling and Toubab Krewe. 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.

Holly Bowling Live at The Crown Room, Crystal Bay Club, Crystal Bay NV on 2021-11-14
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Toubab Krewe Live at The Stone Church on 2021-12-04
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From The Archives Of Something Blue December 26, 2021

From The Archives Of Something Blue December 26, 2021

1. DJ Hairy Larry presents The Infinite Calling
2. Something Blue – Holly – 29 second spot

Thanks Marty, this week we’re going for the ambience.

I first met Daniel Turner at Blues Fest. He and his brother played in a rock band called Vision Tongue and they tore it up.

Now Daniel Turner is performing ambient music as a solo act named The Infinite Calling.

When I heard what he was doing I invited him to play at our Wednesday Night Youth Service at Brookland United Methodist Church. Now Methodists are very ecumenical and we have had Baptists play for us and Lutherans as well as Methodists. This was the first time we ever had a Buddhist play for us and he did great, looking above for guidance before he started.

And then he improvised his entire set, without breaks, just Daniel, his guitar, and his pedalboard. His fantastic music mesmerized the kids. They had never heard anything like it and they loved it.

I recorded his set and asked him what to call the song. He titled it “Customized Bliss”. It was almost 40 minutes long so today we’re going to hear a radio remix so that Marty can get back to some other Arkansas musicians.

Ok now, here’s The Infinite Calling recorded live at the Brookland United Methodist Church on September 30, 2015, playing “Customized Bliss”.

Bliss

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Favorite

Something Blue – Favorite – December 25, 2021

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Barry Harris, Roland Kirk, and John Coltrane. 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.

Roland Kirk – We Free Kings

John Coltrane – My Favorite Things
www.johncoltrane.com/

Barry Harris – Easy To Love
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