A quietish start to the arvo, with some classy instrumentals from Doug, Simon “getya haircut” Atkinson and John C. Sounded like real Jazz for a while, but after the Captain turned up in his Port Phillip Brass Band uniform, normal service soon resumed, and the sessions lurched from good to average to bloodyawful as it usually does. The (possibly guilty) parties also included meself, Bob (piano) Paul Phillips and Spike on drums, Ivan (bass), George (bass) Taariq (guitar) and Celeste and the Divine Miss Smith. Well, we were all guilty of something…
Later on, we tried a session with just bass/drums/guitar which successfully emptied the Front Bar as well as the back bar, even though the lads were having fun.
Finally, after most everyone had gone home, Sevil Sabah and Chelly got up to sing – with Doug Kuhn on bass, Spike on drums, meself on piano and Ben Stewart on guitar. The Captain joined in on sax later on.
Gob smackingly good. Kate Vigo (Route 66) once bowled them over at the old Dizzy’s, Henry Manetta (Cry Me A River) was sensational at the Scarlette Bar about eight years ago. There was a six saxaphone session at Ramage in about 2009 that really cooked. Given my (peripheral) involvement I hesitate to say this, but what took place last Sunday was the best 30 minute set that I can remember in 20 years of going to the jam sessions.
If ya missed it, bad luck! Be back next week.