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.
And that’s “More Better Days Than Yesterday”, by Dr. Tom O’Connor, recorded by the Jazz Writer’s Big Band on July 9, 2018. Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00, to hear more contemporary jazz by Roy Hargrove and Mulgrew Miller, James Brandon Lewis, and Kenny Garrett.