From The Archives Of Something Blue December 18, 2022
1. DJ Hairy Larry presents Lisa Ahia
2. Something Blue – Spiritual – 29 second spot
Thanks Marty, this week on From The Archives we’re featuring a Hawaiian Christmas song recorded at KASU Jazz For The Holidays.
Jazz For The Holidays is always a great show. On December 7, 2019 The band was joined by Sam Ahia, Lisa’s father. Sam is a well known Hawaiian jazz guitarist.
They did a couple of Hawaiian songs and I’m playing one today and one on the this week’s Something Blue show. It really lit a light for me to hear these Hawaiian songs sung by Hawaiians in Pocahontas, Arkansas.
Besides Lisa and Sam Ahia we’ll hear Gary Gazaway – trumpet, Joy Sanford – piano, Tim Crouch – violin, Robert Bowlin – guitar’ David Eckert – bass, and John Long – drums.
“Mele Kalikimaka” was written by R. Alex Anderson in 1949. According to Wikipedia “Bing Crosby was a frequent visitor and golf partner of Anderson. Anderson played the song for Crosby, who liked it so much that he surprised Anderson with the 1950 recording.”
And so we’re playing a Hawaiian Christmas song on Arkansas Roots. At the time of the recording all of the musicians were living in Arkansas. And, of course, it was recorded at KASU Jazz For The Holidays in Pocahontas, Arkansas.
So, recorded on December 7, 2019, here’s Lisa Ahia singing “Mele Kalikimaka”
And that’s Lisa Ahia singing “Mele Kalikimaka” recorded at Jazz For The Holidays on December 7, 2019. Tune in to Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 to hear Gary Gazaway and Lisa Ahia, Suzanne Michell, and Pat Metheny.