This scribe went along armed with an electric bass and a semi hollow electric guitar to see what could happen on a Sunday at the Leinster Arms……….
The following observations were made while your correspondent played as the sole and only bassist for nearly 4 hours nonstop.
At least four drummers turned up including Michael and Bill. As a bassist I listen to the drummer while playing the song and try to torture them occasionally, or is it the other way round?
One of the drummers invoked a visit from the long suffering host with the most , Publican Glenn who quite rightly said something like “It is too (effing) loud”.
Horn players included the proficient Jeff, the Captain of Chaos, Will and that German chappie who can play a little differently at times.
Guitarists included Vladdy with his Stratocaster , Fermin , who was displaying No vibrato string bending or raked chromatic arpeggios at all , with his Gibson and Sir Not Appearing in this film.
Did I mention the bassist? Man he was good and had some stamina except when he either went on strike because of (redacted clause) or it was time to drink some fruit juice.
Anne Smith on vocals came along and took the line up through “Whisper Not” the Benny Golson piece as well as “ All or Nothing”.
A young woman whose name has escaped me got up and sang Van Morrison’s “Moondance”. That must be a gold coin donation song by now along with “Summertime” and some other warhorses.
Piano players included Malcolm, Gentleman John Curtis and the ever able and affable Kay who brought her melodica too.
The Highlight of the jam was Charlie Parker’s “ The Yardbird Suite” which actually sounded like jazz and man it was swinging.
Train Wreck of the week was “Mustang Sally”. Wilson Picket would have violently objected to what was done to his song had he been present. He was a big strong man and he was not to be messed with. We got off lightly.
I won’t be there next week so some other unfortunate bassist will have to play “Summertime” ( Y A W N ) for the squillionth time. Bring your industrially approved ear plugs for that. I am taking medication to control my excitable anticipation for that one.
Jazz Jam Report.By Taariq Hassan