From The Archives of Something Blue January 1, 2023
DJ Hairy Larry Presents Bebop Beatniks playing “Gotta Lotta”
Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear one of my jazz pieces played by Bebop Beatniks at the Delta Jazz Workshop.
The ASU Jazz Department holds the Delta Jazz Workshop during the summer, right here at ASU. Every evening they have a jazz concert and before the pandemic, Bebop Beatniks held down the Wednesday night slot. On July 10, 2019, we played one of my songs called “Gotta Lotta”.
I was on piano. Also playing were Jay Shepherd, guitar; Emily Lindley, vibes; Jeremy Jackson, bass; and Alex Washam, drums. All of the musicians are from Northeast Arkansas and most of them studied jazz at ASU.
The song features Jay and I trading choruses and inspiring each other with our improvisation.
This song was released in December, 2022, as track 1 on the new Bebop Beatniks live album, “Church”. The album is a retrospective of Bebop Beatniks originals recorded from 2016 through 2019. We recorded the studio album, “Leaves” but we never released a live album before which was just wrong because Bebop Beatniks has always been primarily a live band.
Ok now, recorded on July 10, 2019, right here at ASU, here’s Bebop Beatniks doing my song, “Gotta Lotta”.
And that’s Bebop Beatniks playing my song, “Gotta Lotta”, recorded right here at ASU. Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00, to hear some more jazz released in 2022 by Joshua Redman, Mary Halvorson, and Wadada Leo Smith.