From The Archives Of Something Blue April 23, 2023
Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear a solo piano composition performed in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.
When I wrote “Bop Soup” I was taking piano lessons from Harriet O’Neal and Dr. Tacke was my composition instructor. So thanks to both for helping me prepare this piece.
On November 8, 2013, Brian Henkelmann performed the song at my Senior Recital. He did such a great job playing it that I made it the title track on my album, “Bop Soup”, consisting of all ten songs played at my recital. The song holds up after repeated listenings over the years. Both my work, writing the piece, and Brian’s performance, live and recorded, are excellent.
Brian teaches at ASU and he also accompanies the choral groups and others. If you have ever heard the pipe organ in Riceland Hall chances are Brian was playing it.
I will include a link to the “Bop Soup” album on the Something Blue website at sbblues.com. The album features Hairy Larry and George with guest soloists, Brian Henkelmann playing two pieces, and NJHB. All ten songs are available for free download and streaming at the Live Music Archive.
Ok now, here’s Brian Henkelmann playing my composition, “Bop Soup”, at the Fine Arts Recital Hall on November 8, 2013.
And that was “Bop Soup”, performed by Brian Henkelmann at my Senior Recital on November 8, 2013. Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 for more jazz from Cosmic Lunchbox, Wadada Leo Smith, and Sun Ra.
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