NEW WEB ADDRESS - Please update your bookmarks!
Our new Leytonstone BLUES JAM web address is now up and running. If you came here using the old coachandhorsesbluesjam.com address, take a look at your browser address bar and you'll see that you've been automatically re-directed to the new address. However, this re-direct behaviour will stop in a few months' time when the old web address ceases to exist.
Don't hang around until then! NOW is the time to be updating your links. If you haven't already done so, please re-set all your browser shortcuts / favourites / bookmarks etc. to:
It was always a special occasion whenever Jamie Rowan guested with the houseband at The Coach & Horses, even though we perpetually suffered from poor acoustics at that venue, but with the vastly improved acoustics at The Leytonstone Ex-Servicemen's Club we eagerly looked forward to seeing "Boogie Lightnin' Jamie Rowan" playing without any inhibitions at last. Knowing of his weekly appearance at The Manor Arms Monday Club and as a regular guest of Ronnie Collins' Last Project at The Manor Arms, it gave me the perfect opportunity to ask saxophonist Mr Collins to team up with Jamie once again. Ronnie, I'm pleased to say, arrived at the L.B.J. even earlier than Vera and myself!
With quite a large audience already filling the hall we were able to get off to an early start and Jamie and Ronnie soon had the place rocking by breaking into "Jump For Joy", quickly followed by "Graveyard Shift" which certainly wasn't as grim as the title suggests! Jamie's third choice of numbers was what I initially thought "Be-Bop-A-Lula" but no, it turned out to be "Big Town Playboy", which chugged along just as nicely. Very pleased he played "Tipitina" and at many people's request Jamie and Ronnie chose "Sea Cruise" to round off a very lively and entertaining opening set.
Despite Vera arranging six jam sets of three-numbers-per-set we still had enough time to get Jamie and Ronnie back on stage at the end of the night, albeit for just the one number, but I'm sure they both thoroughly enjoyed our new venue and I was also told how much they were impressed by our Jammers and their wonderful performances throughout the whole night - I cannot disagree with that! Thank you Jamie Rowan and Ronnie Collins - it won't be too long before we invite you guys again!
Ever since our opening night nearly two months ago we have been blessed not only with familiar faces from the C&H finding their way to our new venue in Leytonstone, but also with many newcomers, which has been an unexpected bonus.
A few familiar faces I was particularly pleased to see were listeners Alex Beyer, Esme & Alex, Peter Harvie & Tina, Becky (Mrs King) and Wayne Mills, and at last our previous MC Stevie King was able to travel up from Southend to visit us. Stevie successfully hosted our Blues Jam for ten years, from our days at the Heathcote Arms in 2005 until June 2015 when poor health forced him to retire, so it was good to see him back on stage playing bass on Dave Richards' excellent jam set.
Another jammer travelling quite a distance to be here was our Webmaster Ken Cumberlidge - great to see him again. A pleasant surprise also to see guitarist Russ Cottee making his first appearance here this week and I do hope we see him again soon. After being unable to put Robin Neville on stage last week it was a relief to see him back here this week to perform three numbers. Robin is just one of several relative newcomers who's making many new friends here.
First of the two newcomers who put in terrific performances was guitar+vocalist Herman Ramayo. Later in the evening we were pleased to reward him with an extra jam-set, albeit playing second guitar. The other newcomer was Steve Coleridge who not only sang, he also played the unusual combination of bass-guitar and harp. Such a shame we won't see much of him given that he's based in Spain, but his jam-set was very impressive nevertheless!
My thanks to all our other regulars (you know who you are) for providing us with yet another great night of quality entertainment - take a bow, all of you. Time to call...
The Roll Of Honour:
Special mention to Dave Thomas for his expert hosting and enthusiasm - he makes everything look so easy!
Ernie King's videos can now be seen on his YouTube channel (see below) and our webmaster Ken has uploaded a large selection of mp3s into the audio player.
Thank you Ernie King, Richard Stenhouse and Ken Coates for helping to set up and pack away the equipment. Last but definitely not least, thank you to Mrs D for skillfully arranging six jam sets!
Next week at Leytonstone Blues Jam:
Our houseband guest will be none other than Jimmy Gaynor, who will be making his first appearance here at our new venue. Be prepared for the unexpected - I'm very much looking forward to it too. Our regular drummer Reg Patten will be taking a week's break, but I'm very pleased to announce that Phil Overhead will be deputising at the kit. Please arrive early to enable us to start at our new time of 8.30pm - thanks.
Oh, one more thing: Blues Jam regular Steve Taylor has generously provided us with a keyboard, starting from next week (are you reading this, Raf?) - so all you keyboard players out there please come along!
Something For The Weekend:
By sheer coincidence, Jimmy Gaynor will also be in action when he'll be guesting with Ronnie Collins' Last Project on Saturday 18th August at The Manor Arms, 150 East India Dock Road, E14 0BP. 3pm - 6pm.
St Harmonica's Blues Club are at present taking a short break, but along with Dave Thomas & John Crowther and Co they will be organising a big open-air event on Sunday 19th August in Broomfield Park for which I highly recommend. For further details, visit www.thevintage.org.uk/broomfield-blues-2015--.html
Thanking all our Jammers & Listeners,