Weather Report - Live in Offenbach - September 28, 1978
Posted on Sunday February 22, 2015
This is my listening assignment so it's not really structured like a review. Still, for your perusal. The music beats my writing hands down.
Weather Report - Live in Offenbach - September 28, 1978
- Joe Zawinul (keyboards)
- Wanye Shorter (tenor and soprano saxophone)
- Jaco Pastorius (electric bass)
- Peter Erkskine (drums)
01. Black Market
02. Scarlet Woman
03. Young and Fine
04. The Pursuit of the Woman with the Feathered Hat
05. A Remark You Made
06. River People
07. Thanks for the Memories
08. Dolores / Portrait of Tracy / Third Stone from the Sun
09. Mr. Gone
10. In a Silent Way
12. Teen Town
13. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good / The Midnight Sun Will Never Set On You
16. Fred & Jack
17. Elegant People
Previously unreleased recordings from pioneering fusion band Weather Report playing live in the 1970s
Starts with laughing or cawing. Electric keyboard solo with comping. Bass and sax then with keys. A head part. Sound like sax multiphonics or the keyboard could be harmonizing. Simple repetitive part. Free jazz sax solo with just sax and drums. Bass and keys back and we're back on the repeating head. Great single line solo from Zawinul on organ/synth. Bass solo with harmonies. Everyone playing short bursts. Out.
This is great playing and every part of it is experimental except for the overall arrangement which is kind of definitely solos and ensemble work. They do, however improvise throughout even during the ensemble work and they don't hesitate to enter on someone else's solo. The most powerful part was the minimalist sax and drums solo. So free.
Starts on keys. Kind of a flute sound. Vocal countdown and thunder. Countdown electronicized somehow. Drums. A motif on bass and keys. Bluesy and then some scale excerpts. Wayne shorter on soprano sax. Spacey solo keyboard work. The return of the motif on bass. Keys answering with melodic improvisation. Again the scale excerpts with soprano sax and it ends.
A keyboard feature with a very small skeleton. Quite experimental really. and listenable throughout.
Young And Fine
Short intro and the tenor on the head. This is a Weather Report classic. Instantly recognizable. The head repeats modulated down. Free jazz sax solo over drums bass and keys modal accompaniment. The head short version. Keyboard solo. vi-ii-V-I accompaniment. Sax and keys on outtro.
Extremely good work on a concise version of a great song.
The Pursuit of the Woman with the Feathered Hat
Arpegiatted piano intro. Blues riff on bass. Melody on soprano sax. Zawinul is cueing a change. Drum fill and then funk bass. R&B bassed modal jazz. Whoa oh oh vocals. Jaco and Joe. Shorter improvising on soprano sax.
Generally speaking not enough harmonic content for my taste but they do pull it off.
A Remark You Made
Acoustic piano intro. A real song with a change. Tenor sax on the melody. A sparse keyboard interlude. Back to sax. Jaco playing the melody on bass. Keys and sax trading melodic lines. This is a classic jazz ballad sound presented in a different way. Bass repeating a melodic fragment. Out on sparse keys improv.
This is a Joe Zawinul song and as far as I'm concerned it's all the way there. The album "Heavy Weather" started with two Zawinul compositions, "Birdland" and "A Remark You Made". This is a very successful jazz album commercially as well as artistically.
Weather Report is an outstanding band for their writing, performance, and innovation. This particular lineup with Jaco on bass is one of the best bands in jazz history. Hearing a live show like this brings that out. The studio recordings are great but sometimes we all need another take on things and live is live. It's the unpredictability of live music that makes it so compelling.
This is the first 40 minutes of a 2 hour concert. The whole concert is on YouTube. Recommended.
Posted on Monday February 09, 2015
I found Sam Rivers here.
This book extensively covers the experimental music I was raised with that ran parallel to the music we have been studying in class. At the beginning of the chapter on Creative Jazz Scarufi writes "Creative music was obviously related to experiments by John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Morton Feldman..."
He also includes a database of musician bios where he says "Arkansas-raised tenor saxophonist Sam Rivers (1923), who had studied at a conservatory of music, represented the highbrow alter-ego of Ornette Coleman's free jazz."
So I was intrigued
Luminous Monolith - from the Fuchsia Swing Song album (December 1964)
Amazing musicians with drummer Tony Williams, pianist Jaki Byard and bassist Ron Carter. The piece is episodic starting with a kind of swing feel after a short arpeggiated intro. Quickly into a drum break. Then the intro again kind of juiced up. Swing again. Then Free Jazz sax sound with just piano comping. Swing again then solo Free Jazz sax. Continues like this with very short episodes and with the Free Jazz infecting the swing parts. Piano solo with straight episodes. Constant stylistic changes. Drum solo. Back to sax. Now Free Jazz is dominating the swing with occasional other styles thrown in. Short drums and then back to sax, swing and then Free Jazz ending.
This was 1964. Because of Tony Williams work with Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet and all of his other work in jazz his style has been fully assimilated. He is considered to be one of the most influential 20th century jazz drummers. Probably because of this his breaks do not sound as revolutionary now as they did in 1964.
At the time Free Jazz was not well accepted. It's practitioners were over hyping how new it was and many listeners had difficulty grasping the transition. I think Luminous Monolith does a good job of showing the growth of Free Jazz out of Swing and Bebop styles.
Euterpe - from the Contours album (May 1965)
Another amazing band with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Joe Chambers.
Piano intro. Bass and piano, then Sam Rivers on flute. The bass is playing a repeated pattern with the piano varying chords on top of it. The flute has an extended melody without repetition. The muted trumpet is more thematic yet still constantly varying. The piano plays a scale of chords building energy and then back to a more constant part. Piano and bass only in a bass solo. The bass remains repetitive. An extended part of his solo centers around a single tone. Flute enters. More Euterpic meanderings. Very sparse accompaniment. Down to a trio in what could be called a piano solo. Almost all chorded moving into some notes. Like the other solos repetitive and tending to focus on a single note or tone. The flute enters with a melodic motif that is repeated and then varied. Ending with a repeated bass line and a sparse, comped, piano part.
This is a very listenable piece with none of the noise and anger associated with Free Jazz from this era. Very modal sounding and very exploratory. No recognizable melody until the last flute solo.
Mellifluos Cacophony - from the Contours CD
Head with sax and trumpet in a strong Free Jazz style followed by swinging sax solo with intermittent bursts beyond bebop. Piano solo. Heavily patterned with repeated motifs up and down the scale. Strong right hand emphasis. Trumpet. After a cacophonic head they are taking turns and they really lose the cacophony. I guess this is the mellifluos part. Hubbard follows Hancock's lead with occasional repeated motifs but not as often with a lot of scale type soloing as well. Drum solo. This is actually a kind of standard jazz arrangement. Chambers is definitely laying down a pulse. Out on the head which sounds less experimental the second time around. I think the repetition shows that it is arranged and written out removing some of the spontaneity.
I love these pieces. I would call them Free Jazz influenced rather than Free Jazz school. They are from Rivers first two albums and so they probably do not represent his most experimental work. I certainly intend to listen to more.
Search for Sam Rivers on Spotify
Net Neutrality Countdown
Posted on Tuesday January 27, 2015
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Andy Cohen in Brookland on February 4 at 7:00 pm
Posted on Saturday January 24, 2015
Andy Cohen will be playing at the Brookland Methodist Church on Wednesday, February 4. At 6:00 pm we will serve ham and beans. At 7:00 music and worship featuring Andy Cohen. The church is located at 301 W. Matthews about a block from the Brookland Post Office. There is no charge for the music or the food but donations will be accepted.
This Monday is Bluegrass Monday with Monroe Crossing
Posted on Thursday January 22, 2015
Dear Bluegrass Friends,
KASUâs Bluegrass Monday is back this Monday night with a band returning by popular demand for an incredible eighth appearance in our concert series.
Monroe Crossing will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, January 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas. The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM. KASU will literally âpass the hatâ to collect money to pay the group. The suggested donation is at least $5 per person.
Named in honor of the creator of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, the band Monroe Crossing plays traditional bluegrass music, Gospel songs, original melodies and their own unique treatments of songs that werenât originally bluegrass tunes. The band performed over 150 concerts in 2014 at bluegrass festivals, churches and venues across the country. Monroe Crossing has recorded 13 CDs and has produced a concert DVD. A new CD, including music recorded live at past Bluegrass Monday performances, will be available for purchase at the concert.
Based in Minnesota, Monroe Crossing is the only bluegrass band ever to be named âArtist of the Yearâ (2004) by the Minnesota Music Academy. The group has also been inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards from the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association. In both 2007 and in 2014, the band received the prestigious invitation to appear at the showcase concert at the International Bluegrass Music Associationâs annual convention.
Members of Monroe Crossing include Lisa Fugile who plays fiddle and sings. She was raised in Nigeria, Africa, and she first discovered bluegrass music through a 78 RPM record of music by Bill Monroe.
Matt Thompson of Mankato, Minnesota, plays mandolin and fiddle. He is a past winner of the âMandolin Player of the Yearâ award given by the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association. He also serves as emcee for the band during their concerts. Thompson has been playing bluegrass music in many bands over the past 30 years, including True Blue, a group which appeared on Garrison Keillorâs âA Prairie Home Companionâ nationally-syndicated public radio program.
Mark Anderson plays bass in the group. His first musical experience was playing in alternative rock bands, but his musical tastes changed dramatically after being introduced to bluegrass music in 1995.
Derek Johnson sings and plays guitar. He co-founded the High 48s Bluegrass Band, a group which released four CDs, toured nationwide, and won the prestigious Rocky Grass bluegrass band competition in 2008.
David Robinson plays banjo for the band. He became interested in folk and blues music at a young age, but exposure to a local bluegrass band led him to begin playing banjo at age 14. His banjo playing is influenced by David Holt and Earl Scruggs, and he also taught himself how to play guitar, mandolin and harmonica.
Monroe Crossing has been a full-time, professional bluegrass band since the year 2000. More details about the band, including videos of past performances, are available at www.monroecrossing.com and at www.facebook.com/bluegrassmonday.
Tickets will be distributed at the theatre beginning at 5:00 p.m. Tickets must be obtained in person, and seating will be first-come, first-served.
In addition to the concert, Terryâs CafĂ©, 201 South Pruett Street in Paragould, opens on Bluegrass Monday nights to welcome bluegrass music fans. The cafĂ© serves a catfish buffet meal beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the evenings of Bluegrass Monday concerts. Concessions will also be available at the Collins Theatre.
Bluegrass Monday concerts are held on the fourth Monday night of each month. These concerts are presented with support from Bibb Chiropractic, the Posey Peddler, Holiday Inn Express and Suites of Paragould, the Northeast Arkansas Bluegrass Association and KASU.
KASU, 91.9 FM, is the 100,000 watt public broadcasting service of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. For more information, contact KASU Program Director Marty Scarbrough at email@example.com or 870-972-2367. Bluegrass Monday is also on Facebook (search âBluegrass Mondayâ). To be removed from this emailing list, reply to this message.
Iâm looking forward to seeing all my bluegrass friends Monday for another memorable night of music and entertainment with Monroe Crossing.
KASU Program Director
KGPL For Deadheads
Posted on Friday January 16, 2015
It's not quite finished but I have the Alpha 1.0 version of KGPL online for testing and hosting music from the Grateful Dead, spinoffs, and cover bands.
By not quite ready I mean I don't have the add a song form working yet. But you can certainly link on over and listen.
Problems? Suggestions? Ideas? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Blues in Arkansas
Posted on Tuesday January 13, 2015
Blues in Arkansas
I just sent the below article in to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,
from a piece they did on Arkansas Music this last Sunday. A full,
whole seciton on music, page after page, and not one damn mention of
any working blues musician at all. A crying shame, in a state with
such rich blues heritage our own media shunts us, and turns their back
on us. I also have this posted on Blues Guitar News
www.bluesguitarnews.com with the ADG editor links and mailing address,
to see if I can get anyone else in the world to put their two cents in
too. This ticked me off so bad, and I still fuming over it. Here is
what I sent every one of their publishers, and editors. Talk to you
later, and have a Merry Christmas and let 2009 find you happy, healthy
and wealthy. Mike.
To: The Crew at Arkansas Democrat Gazette
From: Mike Dollins =96 Whisker Fish in Blues Circles
Subject: Musical Mishmash =96 Sunday December 21st, 2008 =96 Styles Sectio=
Date: December 23, 2008
I had to wait a couple of days before I got into writing
y'all down at the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. In your rendition and
interpretation about the state of music in Arkansas, and then music
nationally in general I have to say . . . . . ugh, thank you. Thank
you from the prospective that you do make the attempt to keep a dab of
Arkansas music alive and well in your publications. Because my mamma
taught me if I couldn't say anything nice, then don't say anything at
all, I can't get into my real deep thoughts I pondered regarding the
piece. Due to my lengthy career as a music journalist I did however
learn to dazzle them with my footwork. Goes with the job I guess.
Here goes nothing.
To start off let me thank Peter Read of Nightflying Entertainment
Guide, and Dottie Oliver at Free Press for keeping us street level
Arkansas blues musicians mentioned and journalized in their
publications. Arkansas Times does a little of that too. I do have to
thank Jack Hill at ADG, for keeping some of our local blues musicians
posted. Heck, even a few of the ADG employees come out and see some
of our blues shows. What I didn't like about your Musical Mishmash
article, is us underground local blues folks didn't even get an
honorable mention. Hey, we're use to it, so don't fret about the
obvious oversight. No slam on you folks, being a 50-year blues
guitar veteran, slammed doors is par on the musical course in life.
We just pack it up, and move to the next gig.
I will do an Arkansas Blues Musician page at my on-line
blues ezine Blues Guitar News in the first of the year.
www.bluesguitarnews.com It does have a worldwide following of about
30,000 - plus thousands of hits on our MySpace site. There is a
worldwide underground blues cult that is totally amazing, but you have
to be a street level musician to understand it, and have any knowledge
regarding the far-reaching popularity blues is attaining very rapidly.
The world is starting to learn that Arkansas shares the Mighty Muddy
River with Mississippi, and we have a long heritage of blues only
matched by Mississippi.
First off, the obvious two oversights in your Arkansas
Music assessment were Michael Burks and Joe Pitts. Michael, is on a
major top blues label, and the word in the street level blues circles
is he is the next BB, Albert or Freddy King, real deal blues
guitarist; Winner of every kind of blues award with the Blues
Foundation, and up for a blues Grammy. Thing is Arkansas clams Albert
King as one of our own, and Michael is the next generation blues
guitarist following in Albert's footsteps filling Mr. King's shoes
rather nicely, and is the real deal. Joe Pitts, another major label
and international touring band has just returned from an extensive
tour in Europe, and is planning another Euro jaunt in February with
other major headliners. Outside of local blues circles here at home,
he is not known by y'all here in Arkansas much, but a star in Europe,
and a guitar icon in Italy who highly revere him on the level of Eric
Clapton, Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks and
Dwayne Allman. Thanks Peter Read, for the nice article on Joe. He
deserves the recognition, along with his wife Rhonda Pitts, and her
highly acclaimed Nashville trained Lonesome Oak recording studio.
Secondly, the Blues Societies here in Arkansas work their
tail ends off, keeping the Arkansas blues heritage alive and well.
Presidents; Barbara "Bab's" Bearden and VP Jeff Weeden of the Arkansas
River Blues Society, Liz Lottmann of the Ozark Blues Society and
Leadra LeNea of the Spa City Blues Society in Hot Springs, are the
behind the scenes labor of love folks keeping the blues alive and
well. You missed Jeff and these three wonderful ladies that deserve a
little respect in the media from time-to-time for their untiring
devotion to Arkansas Blues. You can add in Deb Moser, to this list
too. She can be heard on KABF 88.3 FM, and has one of the longest
running blues shows in Arkansas, "Debs Blues House Party."
More . . . Thank you for the articles you've done on Essie
"The Blues Lady" Neal, as she is the sweetheart of Arkansas blues, and
if you don't know it, she is well known on an international stage and
a member of the Blues Hall of Fame. You also did a very nice piece on
Al Bell, of Stax Records. But, how about John Craig, the local living
blues legend? He has a new blues CD out. Mr. Craig is well known
worldwide in deep blues circles. He is the real deal, and recorded
with major artists on ABC Paramount Records, and toured with Ike
Turner. You would think at 63 years old, and a lifetime dedicated to
the blues we could get John in Arkansas Media a little.
Hey, how about the winners from Arkansas in the
International Blues Challenge at Memphis, slated for February 9th,
2009. This is an international event. I don't think I read about
this in your Arkansas Mishmash article either. From Hot Springs we
have Unseen Eye, and Ben "Swamp Donkey" Brenner, from Little Rock we
have "Gil Franklin & Port Arthur" and "Blues Boy Jag" and from
Fayetteville we have Gary Hucthison and Oreo Blue all traveling to
Memphis, and I am sure the Tennessee media will take note of the
Arkansas participants. Talking Mr. Hucthison, I bet y'all down at
the ADG, didn't know that Gary hosts the blues jam session at the
International Arlington, Texas Vintage Guitar Show, and has done so
for over a decade in the swank Sheridan Hotel. But, Texas embraces
blues pickers. This is a major underground guitar extravaganza, with
tens of thousands of folks traveling in from the four corners of the
world to attend this three-day event. Gary is known worldwide for his
stage guitar prowess, and for those of us that have shared the stage
with him know his Arkansas blues band is a solid act waiting on a
major blues label.
Runner up to this whole major blues event is little old me, and my
band that got mentioned as the best self produced blues CD from Little
Rock, for the IBC in Memphis. That's cool; Linda Cailloutet missed
all of us in Paper Trails too. We do want to thank Steve and the
great folks at Good Morning Arkansas, KATV ABC ch 7, for having us on
their show this month to talk about some of the blues items I am
listing. Super great support team at KATV for local Little Rock blues
musicians. We would like to also thank Pat Lynch, who occasionally
has local blues talent on his radio talk show. Mr. Lynch, although a
super political satire and analysis expert, has a great depth of
understanding on music and the blues. We thank Pat from the bottom
of our hearts for inviting us on his radio show, to talk Arkansas
Blues on a down to earth level.
I need to tell you about another living Arkansas Blues Legend, Eb
Davis. Mr. Davis lives most of his time in Europe now, like so many
blues artists. You see they respect and honor blues folks in the old
country, and Eb is a blues icon all over the European continent. Eb's
bio reads like a who's who of blues and R&B, and he is personal
friends with BB king and Bobby Bland, who he has toured with in years
past. Jefferson Blues, the oldest worldwide renowned blues magazine
in Europe has just featured a full-length article on Eb Davis, and
they do make mention of his Arkansas roots. Congratulations Eb, long
Other tid-bits of Arkansas blues talent could include Charlotte Taylor
and Gypsy Rain, Brethren, Cosmic Biscuit, Joe Marks & NTO, Max Taylor,
Charles Woods, Artis Bivens, Billy Jones, Danny & the Shuffle Kings,
and The Tablerockers etcetera, who are a just a few of the Arkansas
blues folks that deserve a little respect and recognition
occasionally. When you talk about Arkansas blues history and
legends, you can either see our web page on the matter, or take our
word that the following blues or R&B legends all have some sort of
Arkansas link or roots:
Albert King, raised in Osceola, Arkansas
Roosevelt Sykes, born in Elmar, Arkansas
Big Bill Broonzy, raised in Pine Bluff, AR 1898
Luther Allison, born in Widener, AR in 1939
Chester Burnett (Howlin' Wolf) lived in West Memphis, Arkansas from 1930 to=
Robert Lockwood Jr., born in Turkey Scratch, AR 1908
Robert Nighthawk, born in Helena, AR 1909
Junior Walker, born in Blythesville, AR 1931
Junior Wells, born in West Memphis, AR 1934
Louis Jordan, was born in Brinkley, AR 1908
Al Bell, Stax Records, raised in Little Rock, AR
Jimmy Witherspoon, born in Gruden, AR 1921
Arkansas Larry Davis, grew up in Little Rock, AR
Al Greene, born in Forrest City, AR 1946
Casey Bill Weldon, Memphis Minnie's Husband, born in Pine Bluff, AR in 1909
Johnnie Taylor, born in Crawford AR 1938
Guitar Mac, born in Cotton Plant, AR
Roy Buchanan, born in Ozark, AR in 1939
Hubert Slumlin, raised in Hughes, AR
Al Hibler, born in Little Rock, AR in 1915
Frank Frost, born in Augusta, AR 1936
Levon Helm, born in Elaine, AR 1940
Sonny Boy Williamson, lived in Twist, AR with Howlin' Wolf's Sister
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, born in Helena, AR 1936
Son Seals, born in Osceola, AR 1942
Robert Johnson, lived in Helena, AR
Little Willie John, born in Cullendale, AR in 1937
Scott Joplin, raised in Texarkana, AR 1868
Hollis Gillmore, born in Magnolia, AR
Timothy "Little" Cooper, Prattsville, AR
Sam Carr, born in Marvell, AR 1926
Robert Lee McCoy, Born in Helena AR 1926
WDIA USA's first Blues Radio featuring BB King, Howlin' Wolf and Sonny
Boy WilliamsonIn in West Memphis, Arkansas
Sonny "Sunshine" Payne King Biscuit Blues Radio Show on KFFA Radio, in
Sonny Payne, one of the first ever all Blues DJ's.
BB King named his guitar "Lucille" in Twist, Arkansas
Well, I just went and blew my socks off on all of this,
and y'all probably think I'm just a big sour grapes kind of guy now.
I am sorry for coming off so abruptly, but I had to get it off my
chest. I am just totally frustrated that I can get Arkansas blues on
the international map, and then have to fight tooth and toenail to get
a "blip" in local Arkansas media. I am thankful for folks like Peter
Read, Dottie Oliver and Hairy Larry of Delta Boogie
www.deltaboogie.com that respect us working blues musicians, and go
out of their way to support and encourage us. This isn't a personal
solicitation for me. I've had interviews and reviews in most music
publications and newspapers in major cities from Los Angeles to New
York, and all across Europe, and featured on over 200 blues radio
stations worldwide. That isn't what this is all about. Blues doesn't
share the pop music culture of, "Its all about me." We do what we
call "sharing the hog," and "shouting out," about others. Blues folks
is family. I will until I finally succumb to all my various disabling
infirmities someday, keep on tooting and shouting out about Arkansas
blues on the worldwide blues stage to let 'em know in the streets,
"Blues is Alive & Well in Arkansas." We have blues history, and we
are just as much proud of our bluesmen and women as; Memphis,
Clarksdale, Chicago and New Orleans, cities that brag about their
blues music heritage, and keep them in the forefront in all their
Thank you for your time, and if I offended you in any way, forgive my
rudeness. That is not the intended message. I subscribe to you
paper, and read Pat Lynch and Paul Greenberg every chance I get.
Also, thank you for printing my non-music articles in "Voices."
Someday, I hope you accept one of my music articles, as they do pop up
frequently in publications all over the world.
Arkansas Democrat Gazette Link, if you want to put in your two cents
too. If not, I'll be the lone wolf in the desert shouting out about it
Arkansas Democrat Gazette
P.O. Box 2221
Little Rock, AR 72203
Posted on Tuesday January 13, 2015
JACKSON, Miss. =97 Sam Carr, a drummer who was considered an anchor in
the blues scene that continues to draw fans to the poverty-stricken
Delta region where the music form was born, died Monday. He was 83.
Carr died of congestive heart failure, said John Andrews, director of
Century Funeral Home in Clarksdale.
Carr had a reputation as one of the best blues drummers in the
country, but he made his living in the Mississippi Delta where he was
At one time or another, Carr had backed big names like Sonny Boy
Williamson II and Buddy Guy.
Carr had received multiple honours, including the Governor=92s Award for
Excellence in the Arts in 2007. He also received several awards from
Living Blues magazine.
Carr=92s father was 1930s blues guitarist and vocalist Robert Nighthawk
who made famous the song, =93Sweet Black Angel.=94 Early in his career
Carr often played with his father.
Carr was born Samuel Lee McCollum in 1926 near Marvell, Arkansas. His
name was changed after he was adopted as a toddler by a Mississippi
family with a farm near Dundee, according to a biography written by
Scott Barretta, a blues professor at the University of Mississippi.
He moved back to Arkansas at age 16 and collected money at door of
clubs where his father performed.
He worked as a sharecropper before turning his full attention to blues
music, moving to St. Louis and playing bass with harmonica player Tree
He returned to Mississippi in the early 1960s and formed the Jellyroll King=
Bix Smith dies in Jonesboro
Posted on Tuesday January 13, 2015
Bix Smith dies in Jonesboro
Paul "Bix" Smith
Paul "Bix" Smith, 70, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 28, 2009, at his home.
Born July 15, 1938, in Blytheville, he was an artist, musician
and art professor.
He lived his early life in Imboden and attended grade school at
Sloan-Hendrix until his family moved to Pierceton, Ind., when he was
12 years old. A 1956 graduate of Pierceton High School, he served in
the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1965.
After his service, he earned a bachelor's degree from the
Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University. He worked as a
writer, photographer and photo editor for the Indianapolis Star for 11
years. He returned to Arkansas in 1973 and worked as the art director
for KAIT-TV in Jonesboro. He later earned a Master of Fine Arts from
the University of Memphis and was a professor of art at Arkansas State
University's Newell campus for several years. His professional art
included painting, sketches, graphic design and photography. His
artwork has been displayed regionally and in other areas he has lived.
As a musician, he played guitar and bass guitar for a variety
of groups in Indianapolis, Chicago, California, Jonesboro and
Chateauroux, France. He also acted in community theater productions.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmanuel Smith and
Jewell Campbell Smith Moore.
Survivors include a son, Sam Brown, Nappanee, Ind.; two
sisters, Shirley Eye and husband Pete, Lenexa, Kan., and Debbie Soucy
and husband Yves, Memphis; and a brother, Stanley Smith, Austin,
Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Bro.
Joe Loghry officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery, near
Black Rock, under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.
Visitation is tonight from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Bix Smith Scholarship Fund, in
care of Jonesboro Public Schools, 870-933-5800 or to St. Jude's.
Thanks to the Times Dispatch for this information.
Bix was a regular at Blues Alley and his artwork and writing has been
featured on Delta Boogie for years.
Delta Boogie Newsletter - December 2008
Posted on Tuesday January 13, 2015
Delta Boogie Newsletter - December 2008
I'm heading down to Little Rock to play some music, record some music,
and visit with friends. If you're from the Little Rock area I hope to
see you there.
George and I did a good job at Caffe Buono, October 24, 2008. I have
the show up at archive.org. I had a little bit of trouble with the
first two songs. They should go up next week. Anyway click on over and
enjoy. The last set is particularly energetic with the harmony vocals
Hairy Larry and George Live at Caffe Buono on October 24, 2008
We switched to Thursday nights at The Edge Coffeehouse. Between us and
Jazz Alliance we are having music every week and along with the chess
playing there's a party going on.
7:30 pm December 12 - Hairy Larry and George at Caffe Buono
7:00 pm December 18 - Hairy Larry and George at The Edge Coffeehouse
Here's a link for the details.
We got the rest of the Blues Fest pictures posted.
And here's a link to my columns covering protest and topical music.
Recommendations are always appreciated. You can follow the link with
each article to join in the discussion.
Speaking of dsicussions I've been enjoying LiveBluesWorld.
I love getting feedback from this newsletter. Let me know what you're
up to. Send me an email. Stay in touch.
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