A very encouraging turn-out this week saw our houseband guests Dave Richards and Steve Taylor put in excellent performances, which I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. Given that he's a regular visitor and a keen supporter of the Leytonstone Blues jam, I was more than happy to agree to Dave's request for a guest-spot with the houseband - even more happy to include the in-demand Steve Taylor at Dave's request. As it transpired, Steve's keyboard-playing was the perfect accompaniment to Dave's highly accomplished guitar-playing - and Steve's synthesised Hammond actually sounded like the real deal IMHO.
Surprisingly, Dave didn't bring anything new within his set-list but having a keyboard-player of Steve Taylor's undoubted ability certainly gave Dave's numbers a different dimension - and even more colour to the stage area (the future looks bright)! We just about managed to squeeze six numbers from oiur guests for the opening set and what was quite noticeable and much appreciated was the perfect sound level. This was maintained throughout the whole evening. We were very pleased to see more of Dave and Steve at the end of the night to play out two closing numbers including "Let The Good Times Roll" - good time were certainly back this week! Our thanks to Dave Richards and Steve Taylor for setting in motion another great night and also for their much appreciated support of the Blues jam!
I was mightily relieved to have our MC Dave Thomas back at the helm after his absence last week. Very pleased also to know that his wife Chrissie is well on the road to recovery after a surgical procedure - get well soon, Chrissie, and we hope to see you back here on stage in the very near future.
It's always nice to see new faces here, especially when one of them is someone who was a fairly regular visitor to our previous venue, so a warm welcome to bass-player Eugene Moses who performed exceptionally well on Phil Hughes' first jam set.
Another newcomer was drummer Raniero who certainly impressed many people. Drummers seem to be coming thick and fast these past few weeks - a far cry from our C&H days when our Reg Patten would often play all night with not a single jamming drummer in the house! With regulars Marc Turner and John Ward we are never short of quality drummers, but to add icing to the cake we were also fortunate to have Phil Overhead here. By the way, Phil hosts a top-notch Blues jam at The Moors Bar in Crouch End every Thursday which is well-worth checking out!
Great to see Malcolm Smith back here once again and also back on form - I had no hesitation in booking him for a shared guests-spot with Phil Hughes early next month.
There was much quality also from our 16 Jammers, so glasses raised everyone - it's time to call...
The Roll Of Honour:
First of my many thanks go to Jan Fielder, Ernie King and Richard Stenhouse for helping to set up and put away the equipment at the end of the night.
Thanks also to Vera for arranging all the jam-sets and for taking most of this week's photos.
Ernie King's videos can now be viewed on his YouTube channel (see below) plus, our Webmaster Ken Cumberlidge will be uploading a carefully selected batch of mp3 audio tracks very soon.
Next time at Leytonstone Blues Jam:
I'm very pleased to announce that "Boogie-Lightning" Jamie Rowan will be racing back from his Monday session at the Manor Arms to guest with the houseband, Jamie always creates a party atmosphere and next week will be no different, I'm sure! Please arrive nice and early and bring along friends whether they be Jammers or Listeners.
Something for the weekend:
There will be more quality Blues at St Harmonica's Blues Club on Friday 15th March when "Out To Lunch" will be performing two full sets - I'm hoping to get along to see my old mate Alan Marshall's band ! Half time support comes from terrific acoustic guitarist and singer Steve Ingrey playing alongside his collaborator 'Harmonica' Dave Barton. For further details, please VISIT THE ST. HARMONICA'S WEBPAGE
On Saturday at The Manor Arms, 150 East India Dock Road, E14 there will be more talent on show when Davide Sanna will be guesting with Ronnie Collins' Last Project. 3pm-6pm, no charge at the door at this very friendly and lively little pub.
Thanking all our Jammers and Listeners,