All up 26 musicians participated at another lively session at the Arms. The day kicked off with a quartet consisting of Roger Clark on alto, Ben on guitar, Jess on double bass and Peter Bennett on drums. They were soon joined by John on keys, Colin on tenor and Simone (?) on vocals. Sebastian replaced the drummer.
After a bright opening the vibe was maintained by Anne Hayres who sang, Taariq on bass and Eric on alto. John played tag piano with Adi Isch. Glen did a stint on the drums, Peter on guitar and Jack arrived with his sliding thing.
Protocol was broken when a 5 piece band lead by Michael played three tight numbers ….. Quite entertaining but not in the spirit of a jam session.
Back into mixing and matching and the adventuresome Sonya took on the vocals. So there are words to the jazz classics Equinox and Jordu. Peter on tenor played Smooth One and Frim Fram Sauce with Jack and others.. Some guy sang Honeysuckle Rose and Try A little Tenderness. Spike caressed the drums. Celeste took over on vocals. Hey Big Spender worked better the second time around.
Towards the end Chris, with Bruce on drums, sang Stormy Monday, Fever and one other.
The plan was to finish at 7.30 so we could go and see Chelly do her thing at Paris Cat. However Lisette Payette arrived and was convinced to play some piano and sing a couple of numbers. So it was 8.15 when we packed up around Bob Vinard playing superb solo piano. Paris Cat was abandoned……… Sorry Chelly.
Not your usual correspondant.