DJ Hairy Larry Presents Jazz Alliance Playing Partly Cloudy
From the Archives Of Something Blue June 4, 2023
Thanks Marty, today we're going to hear an original jazz composition recorded right here in Jonesboro.
Before I returned to ASU, Jazz Alliance was playing at The Edge Coffeehouse. When I went to hear them play I immediately became a fan, going to every show and then recording all the shows for Something Blue.
They played jazz standards but they also played original compositions by their trumpeter, Dr. Ron Horton, who was the Director of Jazz Studies at ASU. Also in the band playing vibes and drums was Craig Collison, Director of Percussion Studies.
I recorded the album, "Partly Coudy", at their live shows selecting the best performances for each song. Which wasn't always easy because they were primarily a live performance act and they always played well.
Featured on today's song are Mike Overall, former editor of The Jonesboro Sun, who passed on in 2014. Ron Horton moved to the east coast where he played in Roger Humphries band, RH Factor, until 2018. Craig Collison retired from his position as Director Of Percussion Studies at ASU and still lives in Jonesboro. Derek Doyle also remains in the Jonesboro area playing all styles of music.
You will hear featured soloists, Ron Horton on trumpet, then Craig Collison, vibes, and Derek Doyle, bass.
Ok now, here's the title track from the Jazz Alliance "Partly Cloudy" album recorded on September 18, 2009.