Hairy Larry Presents Joe Lee And Friends Playing Misty

From The Archives Of Something Blue 2023-04-30

Thanks Marty, today we’ll hear a piano feature on a jazz standard recorded for Alley Records.

When Joe Lee said he wanted to record another album playing the charts that he arranged to tour with, I was all in. I ended up as recording engineer and coproducer of the album “Boppin’ At The Forest”. It was a privilege to work with Joe Lee and all the fine musicians in his band, Joe Lee and Friends.

Joe decided to record the Erroll Garner standard, “Misty”, featuring Joy Sanford on piano. As you will hear Joy stepped up and did a fantastic job on this Joe Lee arraangement.

Playing on the track were Joy Sanford, piano; Joe Lee, tenor sax; Craig Baker, trumpet; Dru Davison, Bari Sax; Tom Mason, bass; and Mike Overall, drums. They all played and taught in the Jonesboro area. It has been wonderful to work with all of these musicians, over the years, at Blues Fest, Jazz Thursday, and other KASU shows.

“Misty” was released on the Joe Lee and Friends album, “Boppin’ At The Forest”, recorded in the Spring of 2001. Here it is now, featuring Joy Sanford on piano.

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Sunday

Something Blue – Sunday – April 29, 2023

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Cosmic Lunchbox, Wadada Leo Smith, and Sun Ra. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

Cosmic Lunchbox – Still Time
darinwilson.bandcamp.com/album/still-time

Sun Ra & Arkestra – Hendersonia: Sun Ra Performs Fletcher Henderson
sunramusic.bandcamp.com/album/hendersonia-sun-ra-performs-fletcher-henderson

Wadada Leo Smith and Orange Wave Electric – Fire Illuminations
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Darin Wilson – Meanderings
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DJ Hairy Larry Presents Brian Henkelmann Playing Bop Soup

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.

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Bright

Something Blue – Bright – April 22, 2023

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Melvin Seals and the Kyle Hollingsworth Band. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

Melvin Seals Live at Sugarloaf Performing Arts Center on 2023-04-12
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Kyle Hollingsworth Band Live at Winter Park Resort on 2023-04-08
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DJ Hairy Larry Presents The Reba Russell Band

From The Archives Of Something Blue April 16, 2023

Thanks Marty. Today we’re going to hear the Queen of Memphis Blues sing a song her husband wrote about his ex.

Vivian and I have known Reba Russell and her husband Wayne since the nineties, back in the Blues-L days. I’ve heard her play at The King Biscuit Blues Festival, the Arkansas Roots Festival, and the KASU Blue Monday and Bluesday Tuesday shows. Before the pandemic my band, The Emporium Orkestra, would entertain blues fans at The Biscuit with our morning shows and Reba and Wayne would stop by to listen and eat breakfast.

The song we’re hearing today was recorded at KASU Bluesday Tuesday on November 13, 2012. I was singing with Delta Vox at Riceland Hall that night so Mike Doyle, who was then the station manager at KASU, made the recordings. And since I couldn’t run sound for Reba, Mike asked Sonny Burgess to do the sound work. As you will hear, they both did great.

Reba introduces the band including Doug McMinn on drums. Doug is the son of Papa Don McMinn, another Memphis Blues Legend. Don McMinn passed away in 2017.

And then there’s a whole story about the song that Wayne wrote for his ex-wife. I’m gonna let Reba tell you about that, better than I possibly could.

So now, here’s Reba Russell, singing the Wayne Russell song, “Almost A Memory” at KASU Bluesday Tuesday on November 13, 2012.

Memphis Blues Society Obituary for Papa Don McMinn
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Department of Music to present ASU Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz Groups in ‘Singing into Spring,’ Nov. 13
www.astate.edu/news/department-of-music-to-present-asu-jazz-bands-and-vocal-jazz-groups-in-singing-into-spring-nov-13

From The Archive February 14, 2021 – Reba Russell – “At Last”

From The Archive February 14, 2021 – Reba Russell – “At Last”

Reba Russell website
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Convinced

Something Blue – Convinced – April 15, 2023

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring The Krasno Moore Project and Vortex. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.
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DJ Hairy Larry Presents The Jazz Writers Big Band

From The Archives Of Something Blue April 9, 2023

Thanks Marty. Today we’re hearing an original jazz composition recorded for Something Blue in Riceland Hall.

When I first came to ASU I played in Tom O’Connor’s Big Band and I took some courses from him. We stayed in touch through mutual friends and when I returned to school after I retired he was the head of the Music Department.

I took composition lessons from Dr. O’Connor and most of my music theory classes. When he and Don Bowyer started the Jazz Writers Big Band I found the whole project intriguing. The idea was to have a Big Band that played all original arrangements.

Now I’m a composition major and I write jazz pieces. I have written a few big band charts and it’s a lot of work. Now just think about an entire concert with all original arrangements. Now that is a lot of work.

I recorded the Jazz Writers Big Band on July 6, 2017, in Riceland Hall, here at ASU. They were the Monday night concert for the Delta Jazz Workshop.

One of the songs they played was a Tom O’Connor composition, “Body Art”. I liked this song so much that I made it the first track on the Jazz Writers Big Band CD. I’ll include a link to the CD on the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

So now here’s the Jazz Writers Big Band performing the Tom O’Connor composition, “Body Art”, right here at ASU.

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Tinyland

Something Blue – Tinyland – April 8, 2023

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Hairy Larry, Lamp, and Tortoise. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

LaMP Live at Brooklyn Bowl on 2023-03-30
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Tortoise Live at Great American Music Hall on 2023-03-30
archive.org/details/Tortoise2023-03-30-KM140

Hairy Larry Live at Craighead Forest Bandshell on 2008-05-18
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DJ Hairy Larry Presents Hairy Larry

From The Archives Of Something Blue 2023-04-02

Thanks Marty. Today, I’m singing a Willie Nelson song accompanied only by acoustic guitar.

Everyone says “Crazy” is a Patsy Cline song but Willie wrote it. I love both of them and I love the song. “Crazy” was a country music hit written to a 32 bar jazz change with a lot of blues in it. So when it comes to American roots music, Crazy’s got it all.

On May 18, 2008, we were hosting Sunday In The Park at the Craighead Forest Bandshell. There was a little bit of time for a short set so I was the surprise guest. Just me and my guitar, I stood up to entertain the audience playing “Crazy”, other jazz and blues standards, and a few originals.

Everything worked out fine. The audience enjoyed the change and I enjoyed the solo performance. As a bonus, I got good recordings for Something Blue.

I’m from the Chicago area but I’ve lived in Arkansas for over 50 years, digging into my Arkansas Roots. I have also been a volunteer at KASU since 1991, the year Blues Fest started at Craighead Forest Park. In fact it was KASU’s participation in Blues Fest that brought me to KASU.

So here I am now, recorded on May 18, 2008, at the Craighead Forest Bandshell, singing “Crazy”.

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Nostalgia

Something Blue – Nostalgia – April 1, 2023

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Lisa Ahia, AlinaHipHarp, Samara Joy, and Nick Walters. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

Gary Gazaway Live at Arkansas State Student Union Outdoor Stage on 2011-10-15
archive.org/details/gg2011-10-15

Samara Joy – Linger Awhile

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AlinaHipHarp – Altera Vita (for Pharoah Sanders)
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Nick Walters – Padmasana
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