Thanks Marty, today we’ll hear one of my original compositions played at The Round Room in the Jonesboro Public Library.
New Jazz In Jonesboro had a successful season at The Arts@311 in 2013. Then in 2018 I restarted the program at The Round Room and thanks to Mark Smith we got KASU on board helping with publicity.
On November 10, 2018, NJHB, the New Jazz House Band, played four of my original compositions, three of them being played for the first time in public. Because that’s how NJHB rolls. We just put a brand new chart up on the music stands and then we improvise the whole arrangement, not just the solos.
The last piece of the evening was “Artificial Gravity” and playing on the song in solo order are Cody Ballard – tenor, Jon Vickers – alto, Gabe Waters – bass clarinet, Tyler Remagen – tenor, Hairy Larry – piano, Spencer Rawlins – bass, and Alex Washam – drums, all ASU Jazz Students and alumni.
We had two more seasons in The Round Room in 2019 and then we were shut down by the pandemic in 2020, a time that has been hard for all of us but especially hard for performing musicians. Then last year I started livesteaming my chill jazz piano compositions on twitch and last fall I played a couple of shows at the Craighead Forest Bandshell. Now that it’s nearly Spring, and omicron is on the wane, I look forward to playing at the bandshell and at Beatles Park in Walnut Ridge and, who knows, maybe getting the band back together for more New Jazz In Jonesboro.
Now here’s NJHB playing my song, “Artificial Gravity”.
And that’s NJHB playing “Artificial Gravity” at New Jazz In Jonesboro on November 10, 2018. Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 to hear Charlie Hunter and Yo Miles!