Bop Soup

November 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM CST

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This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’ll hear Hairy Larry and George, Brian Henkelmann, and NJHB playing at my Senior Recital.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at ten, right here on KASU.

These songs are hosted at the Live Music Archive.

Something Blue – Bop Soup


Welcome to Something Blue. I’m Hairy Larry and I’ve got 10 of my songs, for you.

Love’s Lament
Twin Stars

All right now, I’ve got a special show for you tonight and it’s even more special for me. The songs I’m playing tonight were recorded at my Senior Composition Recital at the Fine Arts Recital Hall in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on November 8, 2013. Anyone who’s taken a music degree knows how important the Senior Recital is and I am very pleased to share this milestone with you.

We heard four songs played by Hairy Larry and George, “Promises”, “Forever”, “Love’s Lament”, and “Twin Stars”. Tyler Worsham played piano on “Forever”, Don Bowyer played trombone on “Love’s Lament”, and Pershauna Johnson played alto flute on “Twin Stars”. George and I have been playing as a duo since before I came back to ASU and we love playing with guests.

Something Blue is broadcast on KASU, 91.9 FM and streaming on the internet at

I’m Hairy Larry, host of Something Blue. After I retired I came back to ASU to complete my music studies. I am a composition major so all the songs at my recital are my original compositions. It was a lot of work preparing for the recital, a lot of fun playing it, and it’s a great relief now that it’s over.

Here’s Brian Henkelmann playing a piece with three movements, “Dirk’s Dream”, “Dirks Dirge”, and “Dirk’s Dance”. I just call the piece “Dirk”.


And that was Brian Henkelmann playing “Dirk”. I can’t tell you what it means to a composer to hear his music played so well.

NJHB is the house band at New Jazz In Jonesboro and we play at TheArtsAt311 on the first Saturday of the month. TheArtsAt311 is located at 311 S. Church St. in Jonesboro. NJHB recorded first in December of 2012 at my HairyLarryLand studio and that was the first time this next song was recorded. Here we are now doing “Colossus”.

Bop Soup

Now that’s what I’m talking about. Brian Henkelmann playing “Bop Soup” recorded at my Senior Recital on November 8, 2013.

NJHB has performed 14 times and each time it was different personnel. Playing at my recital were Suzanne Michell – vocals, Addison Boling – drums, Matt Jackson – bass, Jay Shepherd – guitar, Don Bowyer – trombone, Joseph Curtis – trumpet, Cody Ballard – tenor sax, and I’m on piano, harmonica, vocals. All of these fine musicians have played with NJHB before but never all at the same show. We played this next song at Blues Fest and then later I played it at a student recital. Here we are now playing “Harpo’s Horn”.

Harpo’s Horn

That’s right, Suzanne can sing “Harpo’s Horn”. NJHB is a high energy contemporary jazz band and as you can hear we sometimes leave the song in the dust and rely on our ears doing group improvisation.

Something Blue is broadcast on KASU, 91.9 FM and streaming on the internet at

As I’ve told you many times KASU puts on free music every month at Bluegrass Monday, Bluesday Tuesday, and Jazz Thursday. There is also a ton of free music on the ASU campus at the Fowler Center and the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Jazz Concerts, choir concerts, The Wind Ensemble, Symphony, and more. The lecture concert series brings speakers and professional musicians to the ASU campus. These shows are open to the public. Check it all out at

I’m Hairy Larry, host of Something Blue. It is a great joy to work with such skilled musicians who get my material and deliver it even better than I had imagined. Here we are again doing “Blue Berrypie”.

Blue Berrypie

Oh yeah, that’s “Blue Berrypie” recorded by NJHB at the Fine Arts Recital Hall right here on the ASU campus. Closing the show I have “Freddy’s Blues” and we changed things up a little bit. Fred Wilson reads a narration at the beginning of the piece. Matt Bounds plays bass and Craig Collison plays vibes.

And Suzanne actually gets to sing some words. The song is a generic blues so I gave it a generic title. Then I wrote a cute lyric. I hope you enjoy it. Here’s NJHB now doing “Freddy’s Blues”.

Freddy’s Blues

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