From The Archives Of Something Blue April 24, 2022

DJ Hairy Larry presents Suzanne Michell playing “Tenderly”.

01. DJ Hairy Larry Presents Suzanne Michell
02. Something Blue – Human – 29 second spot

Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear a jazz standard played on a Steinway Baby Grand.

Suzanne and Fred have played for us regularly at Blues Fest, Bebopalooza, New Jazz In Jonesboro, they even came up from Little Rock to sing at my Senior Recital. Suzanne is a musician and an educator who gave private lessons from her studio in Little Rock. Besides teaching guitar and vocals Suzanne also plays and teaches piano.

When Fred had a chance to acquire a baby grand through an inheritance it was an opportunity they couldn’t pass up. First the piano had to go to Steinway for a refurbish. And then it had to be moved to Little Rock. It’s the kind of instrument that really sets off a studio both visually as well as with that great Steinway sound. There’s a link on the Something Blue website at to some pictures Fred took of the piano.

I went to Little Rock for a weekend to record Suzanne playing her Steinway Baby Grand. She played originals, traditional songs, and jazz standards. Suzanne is the kind of musician that doesn’t just play the notes. She plays the overtones, something Fred Hersch discusses on his Youtube videos. I did my best to get the sound of the piano in the room onto the recordings.

So now, recorded by Suzanne Michell in December of 2008, here’s the jazz standard, “Tenderly”.


And that’s Suzanne Michell playing “Tenderly” on her Steinway Baby Grand. Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00, to hear DJ Logic and The Special Purpose.

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