Week 2 of Terry & Vera's USA odyssey and once again Ernie King, Kevin O'Brien and Jan Fielder set everything up by 7.30pm. There was a moment of slight concern until Reg Patten arrived with drums but having overcome a crawling 2 mile tailback (south of the river too!) we were ready to go.
This week's guest artist was vocalist Chrissie Thomas, backed by the St Harmonica's house band, House Red. Chrissie's voice has been compared with Ottilie Patterson and she didn't disappoint. Chrissie began with an up-tempo Sue Foley number, 'Where The Action Is' before turning her hand to the moody 'Trouble Blues' and Nina Simone's 'Sugar In My Bowl'. Jimmy Reed's 'Baby What You Want Me To Do' got the Etta James treatment before the band pumped out a Joanne Shaw Taylor number, 'Watch 'em Burn'. Simon Bennett, keyboards, John Crowther, guitar and Dave Thomas, bass were the house band with Reg, once again, allowing a guest drummer, Les Cole (formerly drum tech to Cozy Powell back in the day) to play the first set.
It was a small (possibly due to the live Spain v England match) but perfectly formed group of jammers that entertained for the rest of the evening with some absolute jewels amongst the 5 sets that we put together. Apropos of which, time to call...
The Roll Of Honour:
Chrissie Thomas and House Red completed the evening finishing with some classic British R&B with covers of Dr Feelgood's 'Down By The Jetty Blues' and The Yardbirds 'The Nazz Are Blue'
Once again, many thanks to everyone who helped to keep the Jam alive and well and ready for when Terry and Vera return to take the reins on November 5th. Full video coverage is available on Ernie King's YouTube channel (see below).
Next week at Leytonstone Blues Jam:
Next week's guest artist is Big Alan Craig, all the way from Aberdeen via Palmers Green - a great Harmonica player & guitarist, backed by the House Band with Reg back on drums, where he belongs.
See you there,